Death crash teenager Joshua Smith was 'a shining light'

Joshua Smith
Image caption Police think the crash happened three hours before they were alerted

The family of a teenager killed in a crash in Berkshire last week said he "touched the hearts and minds of everyone he met".

Joshua Smith, 19, was driving a blue Ford which left Peppard Road in Emmer Green, Reading, and hit a tree close to Peppard Building Supplies.

Police think the crash happened before 05:30 BST and appealed for witnesses.

Mr Smith's family said they wanted to "thank everybody for their kind words and support".

Paying tribute to him, they said: "Our beautiful son, grandson, brother, nephew, great friend and huge Chelsea fan, has been tragically taken away from us on the 14 September.

"He was such a shining light with his beautiful eyes and amazingly infectious smile.

"He made such a wonderful impression and touched the hearts and minds of everyone he met.

"His family are overwhelmed by such a huge outpouring of love from the many people who knew him and cared for him.

"The best parts of all of us will always be Josh. We had 19 wonderful years with him."

Anyone who saw Mr Smith's car prior to the collision, or who stopped at the scene of it, is being urged to contact Thames Valley Police.

Officers were not called to the scene until 08:43, more than three hours after the crash occurred.

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