TRIBUTES have been paid by friends and family to a Solihull teenager who died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning.
David Carpenter, aged 18, was a passenger in a Skoda which hit a road sign in Highlands Road, Shirley, and overturned just after 5am.
Another 18-year-old male passenger from Acocks Green suffered minor injuries, as did the driver, a 17-year-old youth from Solihull.
Mr Carpenter, from Olton, was a former pupil of Lyndon School and had studied at Solihull College. He was a keen footballer.
Bunches of flowers were left at the scene of the crash, inluding a bouquet of white lilies from his grieving parents, who visited the site.
A message read: “To our wonderful son, Good night, God bless, Dave. Be at peace with Nan, Angel. We’ll never stop loving you. All our love, Mum, Dad and Cas.”
And 30 of Mr Carpenter’s friends gathered in Highlands Road the night after the accident to pay tribute to him.
Along with flowers they left the goalkeeping gloves he wore for soccer matches and photos of his team.
A Facebook page set up by a friend described Mr Carpenter as “a great man, who always knew how to put a smile on people’s faces, a great goalkeeper...but most of all, a great friend to many.”
Police said a 17-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crash and bailed pending further inquiries.
Witnesses can contact the road policing unit at Solihull on 0845 113 5000.