Kent

Strood crash victim named as Arsenal fan Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson
Image caption Jake Johnson was a keen footballer who played for three local teams, his family said

A 20-year-old driver who died when his car hit a brick wall in Kent has been named as keen amateur footballer and former boxer Jake Johnson.

Mr Johnson, from Hoo, died at the scene of the accident in Brompton Farm Road, Strood, at about 03:40 GMT on Sunday.

His family said he was a massive Arsenal fan and was a frequent visitor to the Emirates stadium with his father, John.

He played for three local teams and could "talk football all day long".

But he had given up boxing because he did not want to hurt anyone, the family said.

'Good memories'

"Jake was a very caring young man with a hard exterior and a very soft inside, which endeared so much respect from everyone he met or knew him," they said.

"He has left hundreds of good memories and no bad ones."

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised but the family said they would like everyone who attends to wear something red in honour of Arsenal.

Three passengers in Mr Johnson's car, a 20-year-old man and two women aged 18 and 21, were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

The crash happened as the Renault Clio was travelling from the A226 towards Wainscott.

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