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School pays tribute to former pupil killed in Strood crash

flowers at the scene
flowers at the scene

A warm tribute has been paid by a school to its former pupil after he was killed in a crash in Strood.

Jake Johnson, 20, from Hoo died at the scene after a car smashed into a wall in Brompton Farm Road. His death has prompted an outpouring of grief both at the scene and on websites.

Gary Vyse, acting head of the Hundred of Hoo school said today: "Jake was an incredibly popular student who left in July 2008.

"Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel and our deepest sympathies go out to Jake's family and friends at this time of sorrow."

A minute's silence will be held at the school on Friday.

Jake and three young passengers were in a black Renault Clio, pictured, when it left the road in Brompton Farm Road at 3.40am on Sunday.

The accident happened near the junction with Hyperion Drive as the car travelled towards Wainscott. No other cars were involved.

Police and ambulance crews attended and Strood firefighters had to cut the driver out of the car.

They spent 15 minutes freeing him using hydraulic cutting equipment and he was transferred to an ambulance.

Despite efforts by paramedics he died at the scene.

Two female passengers aged 18 and 21 were taken to Medway Maritime Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

A male passenger aged 20 was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The garden wall, also pictured, was completely destroyed in the crash, which is thought to have happened in thick fog.

It has not been established what caused the crash.

A police spokesman said: "A black Renault Clio car was travelling from the A226 towards Wainscott when it lost control and hit a brick wall."

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who has any information which could help this investigation is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

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