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Sittingbourne mother pays tribute to teenager Cavan Scott who was killed in Teynham car crash


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The devastated mother of a teenage cyclist killed in a car crash has spoken of her pain at losing her 'handsome, funny, loving, beautiful boy'.

Cavan Scott, 19, from Sittingbourne died at the scene after his green Barracuda bicycle was hit by a black VW Polo in Lower Road, Teynham, in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.

Cavan Scott, from Sittingbourne, who died after being knocked off his bike
Cavan Scott, from Sittingbourne, who died after being knocked off his bike

His mum, Diana Stratton, said: "Cavan was a very much loved and special son, step-son, grandson, brother, nephew and cousin. He was absolutely loved by everyone.

"Every time Cavan left the house, he would always tell me and his step-dad that he loves us. I am never ever going to hear those words or ever see him again and that breaks my heart.

"As soon as Cavan met somebody new, they would remember and describe him as a shy and quiet boy but once they got to know Cavan they would then go on to describing him as a funny and loving boy who would do anything for anybody and give you anything he had."

Cavan attended Canterbury Road Primary School and then Fulston Manor School in Brenchley Road.

Diana continued: "He was very much into football and loved and supported Liverpool football club.

Balloons and flowers in Lower Road, Teynham, in tribute to Cavan
Balloons and flowers in Lower Road, Teynham, in tribute to Cavan

"Whilst Cavan went to primary school, he joined a local team called Woodcoombe FC, where he played many matches and tournaments whilst continuing his love for football, making new friends and they all adored him.

"Cavan was a very happy teenager who had a love for bikes, cars, football, films and music.

"He loved his life and his family too and everybody around him."

Cavan leaves behind a 14-year-old brother and an eight-year-old sister.

Sittingbourne teenager Cavan Scott, 19
Sittingbourne teenager Cavan Scott, 19

Diana added: "He absolutely adored his siblings, he was the big brother that they looked up too. They are devastated.

"We as a family are absolutely heartbroken. Cavan is never going to be able to celebrate a birthday again, never be able to celebrate his 21st birthday next year which he had already talked about.

"He will never get to see me get married to his step-dad, Aaron, which he always used to ask about.

"Cavan will never be able to do all the things that he wanted to do, the plans he was talking about or even get to live the rest of his life.

"He was just a boy who had so much to look forward to in life and loved life so much."

Members of the Dirtee South Sheppey car club released balloons in Neats Court retail park on Sheppey in Cavan's memory. Picture: Ricky Bain
Members of the Dirtee South Sheppey car club released balloons in Neats Court retail park on Sheppey in Cavan's memory. Picture: Ricky Bain

The teenager had recently started a new job, that he loved, and was looking forward to starting his driving lessons.

Diana added: "Now he will never be able to do this. I am struggling, we all are at this time.

"We are devastated, in pain and cannot get into our heads that we’re never going to see our handsome, funny, loving, beautiful boy again.

"He was our world and our lives will never be the same again.

"I would just like to also thank everyone so much for their support and kind words and donations through this most truly devastating time."

The red balloon release in memory of Cavan Scott. Picture: Ricky Bain
The red balloon release in memory of Cavan Scott. Picture: Ricky Bain

Cavan's relatives have launched an appeal to pay for Cavan's funeral. You can donate here.

Five people have been arrested following the crash - a 17-year-old girl, a 20-year-old woman and three men, aged 18, 19 and 20.

They have all been bailed until the end of May.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses and CCTV or dashcam footage, and are looking for a driver of a light-coloured vehicle, possibly white or silver.

It was seen driving along the same road between 1am and 1.15am, and officers believe the occupant may have useful information.

Call 01622 798 538 or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting reference KH/COJ/51/22.

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