Tributes to Bridgend crash teenager, Scott Scanlan, 17

Scott Scanlan
Image caption Scott Scanlan, 17, was described as a "big character"

The family of a teenager killed when his car crashed into a tree near Bridgend say his death will leave "a massive void" in their lives.

Scott Scanlan, 17, of Bridgend, died when his silver Vauxhall Corsa left the road at about 17:45 BST on Saturday.

His family paid tribute, calling him a "loving big character".

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened on Heol Simonston, Brackla.

The former Brynteg Comprehensive pupil, who was alone in the car, was driving towards Coychurch when his car hit a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Scott recently obtained a City and Guilds qualification in plumbing from Pencoed College and had started work at the Next store at Waterton Retail Park.

In a statement, his family said: "Scott was a much loved son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew.

"The loss will leave a massive void in the lives of everybody who knew him.

"Scott was a loving 'big' character and it seemed he was known by everybody. He will be sadly missed."

Anyone who witnessed the crash, stopped to help or who may have seen the car before the crash is asked to contact the roads policing unit on 01656 655555 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The road was closed for approximately five hours while police investigated.

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