Tributes paid to crash victim James Davies

James Davies, pic from West Mercia Police
Image caption James Davies was due to start a design course on Wednesday

The family of a 20-year-old man from Shropshire who died in a crash have paid tribute to his ability to "light up a room" with his smile.

James Davies, from Bridgnorth, died when his car went down an embankment at Shatterford in Worcestershire and crashed into trees on Sunday morning.

Mr Davies worked as a chef at the Toby carvery in Lichfield, and was due to retrain in graphic design.

His family said he was "fun-loving and lived life to the full".

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 03:00 BST on Sunday and an inquest was opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

Army dreams

Mr Davies' mother Julie said she had been comforted by the hundreds of tributes left for him on Facebook and added: "Everyone has said they are going to miss his smile and personality.

"When he walked into a room it lit up. It's not until something like this happens that you realise how many lives he has touched."

He was born in Solihull and educated at Hill West Primary School and Arthur Terry School in Sutton Coldfield.

He wanted to serve in the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment but a football injury he picked up during basic army training prevented him from pursuing that dream, his family said.

Mr Davies had a level 2 NVQ in catering and had enrolled at Solihull College to start a course in art and graphic design beginning on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact West Mercia Police.

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