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Tributes paid to two teenagers killed in Slinfold horror crash
The mother of a 19-year-old fatally injured in a crash which killed one of his best friends has paid tribute to her “beautiful boy”.
Asa Caudill's mother left the heartbreaking message to her son at the side of the 60mph country road where he was involved in a fatal car crash at 8.10pm on Friday.
Former Wealden School pupil Asa, of Arun Road, Billingshurst, was a passenger in the car and was whisked to hospital in London but died at 3.30am on Saturday.
Fellow Wealden School pupil Will Richardson, 18, of Hayes Lane, Slinfold, died at the scene of the smash. He was driving the silver Peugeot when it careered into a tree off the A264 in Slinfold, near Horsham.
Another boy, named locally as 18-year-old Jack Dimmick, of Frenches Mead, Billingshurst, was seriously injured and had his arm in a cast yesterday. He was too distressed to speak but said on Facebook he had lost “two great friends,” asking: “When will this pain stop?”
A 17-year-old girl, of West Chiltington, suffered minor injuries.
Referring to herself as “mummy”, Asa's mother wrote: “I don't know how to think anymore without you my beautiful boy.
“Why did this have to happen to you? I love you so much my Asa.”
In another message she said: “My baby, my Asa. I don't know how to live without you.
“I love you so much Asa - my life is not going to be the same anymore.”
Asa's older sister Paige said: “[I'm] going to miss you so much. I will see you soon.”
On Facebook Thomas Caudill-Clewis said: “You will be missed by all of us you were the best brother any one could have hoped for, I will love you forever.”
A friend of the Caudill family, who asked not to be named, yesterday said: “Asa was a lovely boy, really polite and friendly.”
A friend of Will, who also asked to remain anonymous, said he was a “steady driver”.
He said: “I've known him since he was about three months old and he is friendly. It's sad. I feel for his family.”
The people said they had heard rumours Asa and Will were racing another vehicle when they smashed into a tree off the A264 in Slinfold, near Horsham.
Police confirmed a second vehicle, a silver Opel Astra, was recovered at the scene.
The four men in this car escaped uninjured and their vehicle was also undamaged.
They were all arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Two aged 18 and one aged 19 were released with no further action.
The driver of the Opel Astra, an 18-year-old man from Billingshurst, was released on bail until August 28 pending further enquiries.
A Sussex Police spokesman said they could not rule out that the drivers had been racing.
He said: “At the moment we do not know the cause of the crash and are not ruling anything in or out.
“The investigation is continuing.”
Sergeant Alan Spicer added: “would also like to hear from any other drivers who saw the silver Peugeot or the silver Opel Astra prior to the collision. Please call 101 quoting Op Marline or email email@example.com”
Tragically it is nearly three years since friends of the three boys, Asa, Will and Jack, were involved in a very similar crash - a number of the people who left flowers for Asa and Will yesterday also paid tribute to the victims of this crash.
In early August 2010, Wealden School pupil Kirsty Hicks, 16, was involved in a fatal crash in nearby Wisborough Green.
Her school friends - who are also Facebook friends of Asa, Will and Jack - Jack Geddes, then 18, and Joshua Humphries, then 16, were both left critically ill but survived.
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