Sussex

Family 'shocked' by son's death on M23 in West Sussex

Scott Turner
Image caption Tribute messages to Scott Turner have been left on social network websites

The father of a 15-year-old boy who died after being hit by several vehicles on the M23 in West Sussex says the family are in "a state of shock".

Scott Turner, from South Way, Burgess Hill, was initially struck by a car on the motorway near Crawley at about 0150 BST on Sunday.

He was then hit by several other vehicles including an unmarked police car and an ambulance.

Andrew Turner said his son's death was a tragic accident.

"Scott was a very keen footballer - he loved his football and he lived for his football," he said.

Scott had been attending a family wedding at the nearby Europa Hotel before the incident, which happened between junctions 10 and 10a.

"We had a wonderful, wonderful family celebration, which was absolutely superb," Mr Turner said.

Hundreds of people have joined two tribute pages that have been set up on the social network site Facebook.

Jessica Lansdall posted a message which said: "We are all going to miss you so much - you were much loved."

Another tribute, from Adam Bartholomew, read: "You had so much ahead of you, it is such a shame. You will be dearly, dearly missed my friend, love you lots."

Scott attended Downlands Community School, in Hassocks, where he was described as polite and courteous.

A spokesman said: "He had a ready smile which endeared him to staff and pupils alike.

"He was a very keen and accomplished sportsman and represented the school in both football and cricket."

Ch Supt Paul Morrison said: "We are trying to establish how he came to be on the motorway at the location he was when the nearest slip road is about a mile away.

"He must have been either walking along the motorway for some time or some other event and we need to understand that.

"That's why we're appealing for witnesses from about 0130 BST who may have seen somebody on the hard shoulder."

Sussex Police said a post-mortem examination was not expected to take place for at least a few days.

It said the police car was not responding to an incident and the ambulance was taking a patient to hospital.

The M23 was closed until about 1000 BST as police investigated the incident.

No arrests have been made and the incident has been referred as part of standard procedure to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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