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Tears for pupil killed while out for a walk

PUBLISHED: 09:48 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 23 August 2010

A SCHOOL has been rocked by the death of a popular and gifted pupil who was hit by a car. Friends and family of Josh Callaghan, of Canon Road, Bromley, have spoken about their devastation after he died on Saturday.

A SCHOOL has been rocked by the death of a popular and "gifted" pupil who was hit by a car.

Friends and family of Josh Callaghan, of Canon Road, Bromley, have spoken about their devastation after he died on Saturday.

The 16-year-old Ravens Wood School pupil was walking along London Road in Overcliffe, Gravesend, with his father, Tim Callaghan, when he was hit by a maroon Vauxhall Vectra that had swerved to avoid an oncoming car.

Josh died from his injuries hours later at Darent Valley Hospital.

Close friend Luke Mullett was with him at a gig the night before. He described the moment teachers and pupils at Ravens Wood in Oakley Road, Bromley, were told of Josh's death.

He said: "It's awful. The teachers burst into tears and everyone was in a bad state.

"Counsellors have come in to talk with all his friends. The head of year has spoken to us and the school has been really supportive, everyone is devastated."

"It makes you cry seeing pictures of him."

Mourners have been laying flowers and leaving messages and photos of Josh at Baseline Christian Club in Bromley High Street where he was a popular member.

The victim's father Tim Callaghan said: "He was a gifted and popular boy who is going to be greatly missed by many people. He loved his music and could play the drums, guitar and his latest love, the bass guitar.

"Josh had a large circle of friends and was a loving son and brother - a bright star who had far to go.

"We are all devastated by his death."

Mr Callaghan added that the family truly appreciate everybody's thoughts and prayers, in particular those from his many friends.

Assistant headteacher at Ravens Wood, Nick Dumper, said: "Josh's death has had a large impact on the school, he was a pupil who was known by a lot of people.

"Pupils from other schools have called, very upset by what has happened."

One resident who lives next to the scene of the tragedy, 41-year-old Trudie Meen, believes the speed limit should be lowered from 40mph to 30mph.

She said: "This road is getting worse. There was a young driver who died on the same spot and they put in traffic calming but it has made no difference whatsoever.

"It's right opposite a school, they should put speed cameras in."

Steve Cheema, owner of Auto Care garage on Overcliffe was closing his premises when the incident happened. He said: "You could see smoke rising up, they closed the road and the fire brigade was there.

"It's a blind summit, you can't see oncoming traffic until the last second . The driver of the Vauxhall, from Rochester, was treated for injuries at Darent Valley Hospital.

To help police with their inquiries, call the Kent Police Serious Collision Witness Appeal Line on 01622 798538.

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