School sadness after teenager killed in car crash

PUBLISHED: 12:29 24 August 2010

A HEADTEACHER has spoken of the sadness surrounding his school after a former pupil died in a car crash.

16-year-old Jack Brennan from Dunmow died after the car he was travelling in plunged into a water-filled ditch in Lincolnshire.

He was a pupil at Helena Romanes School until November 2008.

Headteacher Simon Knight said: “We are extremely saddened to hear about this terrible accident. Jack was a former student at the school and his friends still at the school are very upset by the news.

“Our thoughts are with his family.”

Police said that a silver Citroen Xsara Picasso went into the water at Midville Road, Stickney, near Boston shortly before 8pm on Thursday.

A two-year-old girl and three others escaped with minor injuries and shock. But the Two-year-old remains in hospital – her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers swam to the vehicle and freed the trapped teenager but the Jack died at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

The driver of the car, a 39-year-old woman, her two-year-old daughter and two boys aged 15 and 14 were also from Dunmow and were taken to the same hospital for treatment.

Police and fire crews winched the car out of the water and the fire service’s swift water rescue team did a thorough search to ensure no other people were in the ditch.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Insp Gordon Richard from the force command and control centre, said: “It was a gallant effort by the officer to rescue this young boy and it is a tragedy that despite the efforts of all the emergency service responders he died later in hospital.”

Anyone with information should call the witness hotline on 01522 558855 or the police non-emergency number 0300 111 0300.

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