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Roding Hill Valley high school tributes Loughton car crash victims

Roding Hill Valley high school tributes Loughton car crash victims

Teachers share tribute of the two victims that died following a car which crashed into a tree in Loughton over the weekend.

Roding Valley High School shares a touching tribute about Sophia Khan, who studied at the school 16, and Max Halcrow, 21, who left the school in 2014, following news of their death
after a silver BMW M3 collided with a tree in Goldings Hill at around 2.05am on August 24.

After a post-mortem examination held on Tuesday (August 27), it was recorded that they died from multiple injuries.

Sharon Jenner, the head teacher of Roding Valley High School, said: “We are all shocked and devastated by the news of the tragic loss of student, Sophia Khan. She was a bright, friendly, fun loving 16-year-old girl, who had only just completed her GCSEs with us. She had a whole life ahead of her with aspirations to complete a legal secretarial course later this year.

“We are further saddened to learn that 21-year-old Max Halcrow has also lost his life in this tragic road accident. Max was a former Roding Valley fellow student who left the school in 2014.

“It is a terrible tragedy to have lost two such lovely young people from the school community. Our thoughts remain with their families at this most heart breaking and distressing time.”

Cllr Stephen Murray of Loughton Roding, who also taught Mr Halcrow during his studies at Roding Valley High School, shared this post on Facebook: “Absolutely devastating news. Thinking of everyone affected by this tragedy – you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

"I have always regarded teaching other people’s children to be an immense privilege and teaching Max for his GCSE Psychology at Roding Valley High School was especially so.
“A fine young man and a great student to teach. RIP Max.”

Debden Park FC are paying tribute to Mr Halcrow’s death by raising money with a memorial tournament. All proceeds donated will be given to the Halcrow family.

The football club also paid their respects soon after word broke about their former team members death: “We aren’t a football club and we haven’t got players.

“We are a group of brothers and last night we lost one of our own. We love you Halcrow. See you soon brother.”

In memory of Mr Halcrow, a memorial on Thursday (August 29) will take place at Loughton Field to release lanterns in his memory.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl from Chingford and 16-year-old girl from Woodford remain in hospital after undergoing surgery. They are both in a serious but stable condition.

A 21-year-old man has also been released on bail until September 20 after being arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injuries by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice. Shortly after his arrest he was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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