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Tributes to Ismael Brittain who died in crash in Princes Park, Chatham

By Lynn Cox

Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to a young motorcyclist killed in a crash.

Ismael Brittain, 19, died after his bike collided with a black Ford Focus at the junction with Heron Way in Princes Avenue in Chatham just after 5pm yesterday.

Mr Brittain, who was from Chatham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Ismael Brittain died in the crash

A 22-year-old Chatham man and a 30-year-old man from Rochester were later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an incident.

The 22-year-old is still in custody while the 30-year-old has been bailed until January 23.

Floral tributes left at the scene

Tributes have been paid to Mr Brittain on KentOnline’s Facebook page.

Courtney Jane wrote: “RIP Ismael, can’t believe I was with you only a week ago, fly high man.”

Nicole McCourt said: “Ismael man, our hearts are broken. You impacted our lives in ways none of us can describe. Fly high boyo.”

It has been a grim start to the new year on the county’s roads.

Ismael Brittain

Police had to deal with another fatality in Chatham just hours into New Year's Day, when a man in his 50s was struck by a Renault Clio as he crossed Luton Road.

Hours earlier, two men died when their car hit a tree in Marden.

The scene of the crash in Princes Avenue

Officers are appealing for help. Anyone with information about the Luton Road death, is asked the call the witness appeal line on 01622 798538 or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk, quoting reference DJ/001/18.

Officers investigating the Princes Avenue crash are asking anyone who saw either vehicle or has information or dashcam footage to call 01622 798538 or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting reference DB/MS/002/18.

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