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Tributes paid to crash victim Jay Ansell
The father of a 20-year-old found dead in the wreckage of his car has paid tribute to his “lovely son”.
Malcolm Ansell yesterday (January 28) described son Jay as a “wonderful boy”.
Jay was killed when his Volkswagen Golf left the road and crashed into a tree in Ansty, near Burgess Hill, during the early hours of Sunday.
By the time his car was found at 3.30am the engine was cold.
Speaking from his home in Covert Mead, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, Mr Ansell said: “He was a lovely boy and a really lovely son.
“We worked together as litter-pickers in Mid Sussex and spent so much time together.
“He would do so much for people.”
Father and son lived just a few minutes apart in Handcross – Jay in Truggers.
Another man who lives in Handcross and asked not to be named said he had known Jay “since he was a baby”.
He said: “He was great – really nice and polite.
“He was really well-known in the area and really friendly. It is so sad.”
On Facebook, Sarah Craggs paid tribute to Jay.
She said: “Totally and utterly devastated for my precious baby girl who’s lost her lovely, sweet boyfriend in a car crash.
“RIP Jay Ansell – we grew to love you and will miss you so much.”
Mr Ansell said his son’s girlfriend was Caitlin Craggs.
Sergeant Mark Baker said: “The vehicle had cooled down by the time we arrived, so we believe that it |could have left the road some time |earlier.
“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the car on the B2036 Cuckfield Road at any time before 3.30am.”
Witnesses should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Southcott.
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