M23 crash teen was warned by father about drinking too much

TRAGIC: Scott Turner and his cousin Nicole Godsmark at the wedding shortly before the crash

TRAGIC: Scott Turner and his cousin Nicole Godsmark at the wedding shortly before the crash

First published in News

A father warned his teenage son about drinking too much at a wedding party before he was killed when he wandered in to the path of traffic on a motorway, it was revealed today.

Scott Turner was hit by a number of vehicles, including an unmarked police car, on the M23 near Crawley, West Sussex, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 15-year-old, from Burgess Hill, had earlier been having a "lovely day" at a family wedding at the Gatwick Europa Hotel.

His father, Andrew Turner, denied suggestions they had a big row, prompting his son to storm off, but said he may have felt "invincible" after drinking beer.

He told a local newspaper: "Scott had had a few beers, as 15-year-olds do, and I said to him, 'Scottie, I think you've had enough'.

"He said something like, 'No, I'm fine dad' and just walked away and went off to a car park with a few friends.

"There was no big row as everyone has been saying in the papers. He just got up and walked away with his mates.

"Obviously, if I was totally honest, he might have had more to drink than I thought.

"I really don't know much about the incident. I don't know what was going through his mind. But if you have had a few drinks you can feel very brave and invincible."

Paying tribute to his son, building contractor Mr Turner, 48, added: "He was a lot older than 15 in his attitude.

"He was a confident guy and he would be first in the queue to do something.

"To be honest, when he wanted to, he could be quite a handful, but his friends have said how polite he was.

"Obviously we are all devastated about this. It was a really happy day that turned into a nightmare for us all.

"I have spoken to my friends and they have said I only did what any parent would have done in speaking to Scott.

"I have got my head around that, but obviously I have got to live with the devastation for the rest of my life."

Scott's mother called police to report him missing at 1.46am. Three minutes later, police received calls from two separate motorists saying they had hit a pedestrian on the M23.

At 1.57am, medics in an ambulance - which had been to another accident and was taking people to hospital - reported that they also believed they had collided with a body.

Then an unmarked police car which was following the ambulance was also believed to have struck the pedestrian, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said this week.

The case was referred to the IPCC because of the involvement of the police car but the watchdog said it appeared Scott had already died before the police car became involved.

The motorway was closed for more than eight hours as officers investigated the incident between junctions 10 and 10a.

A post-mortem examination is not expected until later and no arrests were made.

Teachers at Downlands Community School in Hassocks, where Scott was a pupil, said he "had a ready smile which endeared him to staff and pupils alike".

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5:49pm Thu 22 Jul 10

Thumper Hove says...

My sympathy goes out to this boy's family, it is a great shame that some newspapers seem to be trying to report a story of a row. This can only be adding to this family's grief. Hopefully the events will discourage other teenagers from drinking excessively and taking unnecessary risks, so that his death is not in vain.
My sympathy goes out to this boy's family, it is a great shame that some newspapers seem to be trying to report a story of a row. This can only be adding to this family's grief. Hopefully the events will discourage other teenagers from drinking excessively and taking unnecessary risks, so that his death is not in vain. Thumper Hove
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6:19pm Thu 22 Jul 10

Mr Numptyhead says...

Some newspapers? The Argus was the first.
Some newspapers? The Argus was the first. Mr Numptyhead
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8:18pm Thu 22 Jul 10

Dave At Home says...

I also am quite annoyed to keep on reading about him being hit by an unmarked police car, so what, drop it, he was hit by several vehicles that is enough otherwise we will be putting 2 and 2 together with the police car when he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time as were all the others.

The reporting and headlines really leave a lot to be desired, maybe you should leave them blank for us to complete and you should make the comments. RIP
I also am quite annoyed to keep on reading about him being hit by an unmarked police car, so what, drop it, he was hit by several vehicles that is enough otherwise we will be putting 2 and 2 together with the police car when he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time as were all the others. The reporting and headlines really leave a lot to be desired, maybe you should leave them blank for us to complete and you should make the comments. RIP Dave At Home
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8:39pm Thu 22 Jul 10

Daily-Star says...

Mr Numptyhead wrote:
Some newspapers? The Argus was the first.
I was buying The Sun this week (only for the holiday tokens you understand) and they reported it with lots of additional (questionable?) details that the Argus had not reported.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Numptyhead[/bold] wrote: Some newspapers? The Argus was the first.[/p][/quote]I was buying The Sun this week (only for the holiday tokens you understand) and they reported it with lots of additional (questionable?) details that the Argus had not reported. Daily-Star
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10:35pm Thu 22 Jul 10

Le Chiffre says...

At the end of the day, someone's child died, completely unnecessarily.
It's a tragedy, and whatever the reasons are that it happened, I think we should all show some respect to the family, rather than speculate about this and that.
At the end of the day, someone's child died, completely unnecessarily. It's a tragedy, and whatever the reasons are that it happened, I think we should all show some respect to the family, rather than speculate about this and that. Le Chiffre
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4:23pm Fri 23 Jul 10

Made In Sussex says...

sweep carpet under the...
sweep carpet under the... Made In Sussex
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5:19pm Fri 23 Jul 10

simon195 says...

yes well as drinker myself, sometimes i even do or say things i would nt have had i not had so much to drink, drink taken to excess is a powerful drug that just takes over a persons normal state o mind...just go into main town centre of most towns late at night to see how people are reacting after having way over a mod amount..thats alcahol for you !!!!
yes well as drinker myself, sometimes i even do or say things i would nt have had i not had so much to drink, drink taken to excess is a powerful drug that just takes over a persons normal state o mind...just go into main town centre of most towns late at night to see how people are reacting after having way over a mod amount..thats alcahol for you !!!! simon195
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12:34am Sat 24 Jul 10

Gay Cavalier says...

15, Drunk! ... More questions than answers....
15, Drunk! ... More questions than answers.... Gay Cavalier
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