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Father pays tribute to his young angel’

PUBLISHED: 10:31 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 23 August 2010

Josh Callaghan

Josh Callaghan

MOURNERS gathered in their hundreds to say farewell to a teenager who was killed after being hit by a car while walking along a footpath with his father. Joshua Callaghan, 16, (pictured) died after being hit by a car which mounted the pavement as he walk

MOURNERS gathered in their hundreds to say farewell to a teenager who was killed after being hit by a car while walking along a footpath with his father.

Joshua Callaghan, 16, (pictured) died after being hit by a car which mounted the pavement as he walked along London Road, Gravesend, with his father at about 4pm on Saturday, January 24. The service for the popular student, of Canon Road, Bromley, took place at Hither Green Crematorium last Friday and included tributes from friends and family.

His father Tim Callaghan said: "A mum of one of Josh's oldest friends said she was once told that 'God didn't want just want old angels, he wanted young fit ones', - well he got a bit more than that with my Josh.To quote other people he was a best mate, a boyfriend, a talent, a gifted kid, a dude, a cheeky lad, a big personality, a character, a legend, someone that changed people's lives, a hero. He was the best son anyone could ever have, he was just becoming a very good mate, polite, charming, never any trouble - most of all he was Josh."

He added: "He never hurt anyone or had a bad word to say about anyone. He would talk about this friend and that friend and I would always say 'no-one has that many mates', but you did son.

"I never believed in 16 years how many hearts one person could touch, but somehow Josh, you did.

"Not an hour goes by without me thinking, why you son and not me?"

Kent Police's serious crash investigation unit arrested a 33-year-old man from Rochester in connection with the incident on February 9. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses. Call the police on 01622 798538 with information.

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