Faversham car crash victim named as teenage Army cadet

Jack Manning
Image caption Jack Manning had been hoping to join the Parachute Regiment

A teenager who died when a car hit an electricity pole in Kent has been named as a 17-year-old Army cadet.

Jack Manning, from Sheldwich, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the A251 Ashford Road near Faversham at 0800 BST on Saturday.

His parents said he loved life and lived it to the full, and wanted to be the first to try everything.

The 18-year-old male driver of the car was airlifted to a London hospital with serious chest and pelvic injuries.

The Vauxhall Corsa had been travelling towards Faversham and was near the junction with the M2 when it hit the pole.

Officers said the crash damaged the electricity pole and the car caught fire during the incident.

Paying tribute to their son, Sarah and Tom Manning said he had been serving with the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, achieving the rank of sergeant, and was going to train as an Army cadet instructor.

They said Jack had been hoping to join the Parachute Regiment next year.

"Our lives will never be complete without him and Jack will be sadly missed by all his family and friends," they said.

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