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PUBLISHED: 17:13 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

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HUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of an English junior sports champion today. Robert Cooter, 17, of Sun Lane, Gravesend, became the third person to die in 18 months on the notorious Wrotham Road when he crashed on Mother s Day last

HUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of an English junior sports champion today.

Robert Cooter, 17, of Sun Lane, Gravesend, became the third person to die in 18 months on the notorious Wrotham Road when he crashed on Mother's Day last month.

The student, who attended North West Kent College in Dartford, played petanque at Gravesend RFC Petanque Club and was the current English junior champion.

Last month his family paid tribute to him in the Reporter calling him "the best son and brother anyone could have wished for".

Family, college friends and fellow petanque players will attend his funeral at Christ Church, Old Road East, Gravesend, from 11am on Thursday.

The funeral service will be followed by a burial at Gravesend cemetery for those who wish to attend.

He crashed after visiting his family on Mother's Day when his silver Vaxhall Corsa left the road, hit a telegraph pole and overturned. Emergency services rushed to his aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Speaking about her son a heartbroken Corinne Cooter, said: "Robert was a loving son and brother who is going to be greatly missed by many people.

"He was always smiling and had time to help others. We are all devastated by his death."

In August last year Tom Hole, 96, was killed after being hit by a car while on his way to pick up a morning newspaper.

Father-of-three Paul Philpot, 46, of Hurst Road, Erith, died after his motorbike collided with a car in November 2007

Kent Highways Services have confirmed that £50,000 has been set aside to improve the speed limit signs along the full length of the A227 Wrotham Road this year. Call Kent Police Serious Crash Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

Robert Cooter's parents Mark and Corinne Cooter have requested that all flowers or donations (for the special baby care unit at Darent Valley Hospital) be made to T S Horlock & Son Ltd, 10 The Hill, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 9EU, 01474 352159.

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