Trib­utes to Owain, 21, after death in car crash

Ta­lented foot­baller praised as fun-lov­ing un­cle and de­voted boyfriend

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend Camp Fun And Games - By Gerry War­ren

The for­mer man­ager of ta­lented foot­baller Owain Bought­wood, who died in a car crash at the week­end, has paid a glow­ing trib­ute to him.

The 21-year-old – de­scribed as a sweet, loyal and de­cent man by his dev­as­tated fam­ily – was driv­ing along Sand­wich Road in Non­ing­ton, be­tween Can­ter­bury and Dover, in the early hours of Fri­day when his VW Polo hit a tree.

For­mer Ash­ford United youth team man­ager Andy Found said Owain’s death had “shocked me to the core”.

He added: “Rarely have I met a young man with so many good qual­i­ties.”

Po­lice ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the col­li­sion, which oc­curred at 12.38am on Fri­day, June 24.

Owain, who had played foot­ball for Ash­ford United as a teenager and then Can­ter­bury City, was taken to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don, but later died of his in­juries.

In a state­ment, his fam­ily said: “Owain was a much loved son and the youngest of six chil­dren.

“He was part of a large, lov­ing fam­ily and the fun-lov­ing un­cle to nine neph­ews and nieces. Owain also found love in re­cent years as a de­voted boyfriend to his girl­friend and sweet­heart.

“He had re­cently re­turned home from Santa Clara Univer- sity, Cal­i­for­nia, where he was two years through his four-year un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies.

“Prior to univer­sity, Owain at­tended Chaucer School, Can­ter­bury, be­fore mov­ing on to Bar­ton Court Gram­mar School, Can­ter­bury, to study A-lev­els.

“Owain was a skilled foot­baller with an awe­some left foot and change of pace. From a young age he played for Folke­stone In­victa and Ash­ford Youth, as well as rep­re­sent­ing Kent.

“He was a ta­lented crick­eter and all-round sports­man. He loved mu­sic and was an ac­com­plished mu­si­cian, teach­ing him­self to play gui­tar and drums.

“All those who had the good for­tune to know Owain, recog­nised how much of a sweet, loyal and de­cent man he was.

“He will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved him.”

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer PC Mick Sayer from the Kent Po­lice Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said: “A dark grey VW Polo was trav­el­ling along the Sand­wich Road from Non­ing­ton to­wards Chil­len­den when it left the road and was in col­li­sion with a tree.

“We would like to hear from any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion or from any­one who saw the VW Polo be­fore­hand.

“They should phone the ded­i­cated SCIU ap­peal line on 01622 798538 quot­ing 24-043 or SCIU/ DB/MD/123/16. Al­ter­na­tively email sciu.td@kent.pnn.po­lice. uk”

Trib­utes have been paid to Owain Bought­wood, 21, who has died in a car crash

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