Dauntsey’s School pupil loses fight for life after accident

This Is Wiltshire: Miles Webber, 13, who died after a crash on the A360, was a keen skateboarder Miles Webber, 13, who died after a crash on the A360, was a keen skateboarder

Tributeshave been paid to 13-year-old Dauntsey’s School pupil Miles Webber who died after a crash on the A360 near his home in Littleton Panell.

Miles was in a Citroen C3 car being driven towards Devizes last Sunday when it left the road at the bend near Black Dog Crossroads, a notorious accident black spot, crashed through a wooden fence and landed in the stream below.

Miles suffered serious injuries and he was airlifted to the regional trauma centre at Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol.

He was later transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he died on Monday morning.

Miles’s mother remains in hospital and his family were too upset to comment.

Mark Lascelles, the new headmaster of Dauntsey’s, said: “Miles was an incredibly popular boy who loved life, music, skateboarding and above all else just chilling out.

“He had a wonderfully laid-back character with an easy smile and an independent spirit. He was at ease with himself and the world around him.

“People have happy memories of him dancing all night at his own party recently. He is going to be missed very much.”

A special Facebook page has been set up for tributes to the popular pupil.

Annabelle Harvey posted: “Only the good die young. It is so apparent that you will never be forgotten by all the friends you made everywhere.”

Kit Goodall said: “Totally the nicest guy ever.”

Oliver Jackson said: “RIP Miles. Thanks for being my best friend. I will never forget you.”

Sophie Muir said: “You will always be remembered for being such a good person and we all miss you so much.”

His mother suffered serious facial injuries and was taken by ambulance to Salisbury District Hospital.

It is the latest tragedy to have befallen the school in recent years. In January 2004 Annabel Maurice, who was 18, died in a car crash on the A361 near Bishops Cannings.

A drama studio at the school has been named in her memory.

Then, in September 2007, 12-year-old Hugo Halkes died in hospital of injuries sustained when he was knocked down in Potterne Road, Devizes.

A fund in his memory has been set up and is one of the school’s charities this year.

Anna Roberts, the wife of former headmaster Stewart Roberts, died in an accident while cycling with her husband in June last year.

Police are still seeking witnesses to the accident which took place just after 10am on Sunday November 11.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Peter Williamson of the serious collision investigation team through the 101 non-emergency number.

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