Teenager dies in road accident

Karl Reay, from Whitley Bay, who was killed in a car crash on the A189 near Cramlington, with his girlfriend Megan Wealleans who was injured.
Karl Reay, from Whitley Bay, who was killed in a car crash on the A189 near Cramlington, with his girlfriend Megan Wealleans who was injured.
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenager who was killed in a car crash which left his girlfriend injured.

Karl James Reay, of Whitley Bay, had been driving north along the A189 with his girlfriend Megan Wealleans when the accident happened near the junction with Shankhouse, near Cramlington.

The 19-year-old’s Renault Clio left the road and overturned, with Karl being pronounced dead at the scene.

Megan was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital to be treated for her injuries, which were not life threatening.

A spokesman for Karl’s mother, father and two sisters said the loss of their son and brother was “a tragic event that should never have happened”.

“He is a lovely lad who is full of energy and he will be sorely missed,” they added.

In a joint statement, Megan said she loved Karl and the 13 months together were “the best times of my life.” Megan’s family added they were very proud to have known Karl.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened at around 5.05pm on Saturday, February 26.

Acting Inspector David Gould, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a busy stretch of road. I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or was in the area at the time to contact police.

“This is a tragic incident which sadly claimed the life of a 19-year-old male.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 03456 043043.

• A 19-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident. Police say she had been driving another car on the A189 Spine Road at the time, also heading north.

The woman, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, has been released on bail until May pending further inquiries.