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Funeral date set for student

Death crash victim William Wise
Death crash victim William Wise

by Thom Morris

The funeral of a Canterbury Christ Church student who died when he was involved in a head-on collision will be held next week.

Student William Wise, 20, died on the night of Friday, April 8, along with 25-year-old Esohe Omoregie, from Church Street (St Paul's), Canterbury.

The two were killed following a collision between their cars on the Canterbury Road in Chartham.

William, of Bluebell Road, Ashford, is believed to have been driving back from Canterbury when his Renault Clio collided with the doctor’s VW Polo at about 10.30pm.

Flowers on the roadside and a blazer from William’s old school in Ramsgate mark the spot where the two lost their lives.

Esohe Omoregie
Esohe Omoregie

Bandipalyam Vamanarao Prathibha, director of medical education at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, paid tribute to Esohe, a second-year trainee doctor at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

She said: “Esohe was an excellent doctor and a popular girl who got the most out of everything she did.

“Her positive attitude and enthusiasm was infectious. She was held in high regard by everyone and will be sorely missed.”

William’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s in Great Chart on Thursday, April 28, from 2pm. A large turnout is expected from his friends and family who have been leaving scores of messages on his Facebook profile.

One friend has even got a tattoo of “Will” surrounded by stars in his memory.

At the weekend, about 70 people celebrated William’s life by playing football and having a drink at a pub in Broadstairs.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash, and anyone with information or who witnessed the collision should call crash investigation officers on 01622 690690.

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