Tributes to Crayford crash victim Lewis Bevan, from South Darenth

PUBLISHED: 19:08 28 February 2012 | UPDATED: 08:31 29 February 2012

A photograph of Lewis Bevan left at the crash scene alongside tributes

A photograph of Lewis Bevan left at the crash scene alongside tributes


Tributes have poured in for a 23-year-old who died in a car crash just days before his birthday.

Lewis Bevan, of Devon Road, South Darenth, near Dartford, crashed his black Ford Fiesta into two walls in Perry Street, just off Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, at about 1am on Friday. (24)

Police officers and paramedics rushed to help him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A number of tributes have been left around the wall Lewis crashed into, including flowers, pictures, cards and two Arsenal shirts, the football team he supported.

In a tribute, his mum wrote: “Lewis, my number one son from your number one mum. Love you forever and always. Big hugs.

His brother said: “I can’t use words to descirbe how much you mean to me. You were more than a brother to me. Knowing you made me who I am today and for that I am grateful.”

He would have been 24 on Tuesday (February 28), the same day his post mortem examination was due to be held at the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington.

The owner of the house that Lewis’ car crashed into said he was not even woken by the accident.

John Davies, 80, said: “The first I heard about it was about 7:30 on Friday morning when I came downstairs and there was a lot of police and commotion.

“I can’t understand how his car came to be in the position it ended up in but to be fair to them the police did a thorough invesitgation at the scene.”

Lewis’ boss of five years at Mid Kent Scaffolding and family friend, Guy Eldridge, paid his respects to his former employee.

Mr Eldridge, 52, said: “He was as good as gold and I don’t have a bad word to say about him.

“His dad’s in bits as you can imagine. This kind of thing always happens to the wrong people.”

The popular scaffolder, who attended Hextable School in Swanley, had 1,067 friends on Facebook and there were a number of tributes on Twitter.

Kevin Panther said: “RIP Leiws Bevan. Terrible news,” while Steven Pound wrote: “please give a big RT for Lewis Bevan who passed away on Friday, he loved the Gunners!”

Anyone with any information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Catford on 020 8285 1574.

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