A TEENAGER who died after crashing his moped has been remembered as a “happy-go-lucky” aspiring builder.

Ryan Alford, from Littlehampton, died after his moped left the road and hit street furniture.

The 15-year-old was declared deceased at the scene of the crash on Station Road in East Preston on August 31.

Ryan’s mother Kelly, stepfather Sean and 12-year-old sister Chloe have paid tribute to the “cheeky and popular” teenager.

“Ryan was a lovely young lad, he is going to be missed by so many,” Kelly said.

“He loved playing Xbox, he was a keen gamer, and socialising with his friends. He was very popular.

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“If he wasn’t out with his friends or playing computer games he was probably in bed.

An aspiring builder, Ryan was studying construction at Northbrook College in Worthing.

According to his family, he also spent every Thursday night at a youth club in the Woodland Centre.

Kelly added: “It hasn’t sunk in yet, not at all. It’s still very hard and very raw. Rest in peace Ryan, we love you lots.”

Sean added: “Ryan will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.”

While younger sister Chloe said all his friends and family continue to miss him every day.

“RIP big brother, I will miss you lots. Gone but not forgotten,” she said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

You must be 16-year-old or above to legally drive a moped in the UK.

Police are still urging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who can help with any information or dash cam footage is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Hawthorns.