HEARTFELT tributes have been paid following the death of a popular Solihull teenager in a car crash.
David Carpenter, aged 18, was a passenger in a Skoda which hit a road sign in Highlands Road, Shirley, and overturned just after 5am last Sunday.
Two other teenagers suffered minor injuries in the accident - another 18-year-old male passenger from Acocks Green and a 17-year-old youth from Solihull who was driving.
Mr Carpenter, from Olton, was a keen footballer. He was a former pupil of Lyndon School and had studied at Solihull College.
Bunches of flowers were left at the scene, including a bouquet of white lilies from his grieving parents.
Their 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.”
About 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 his goalkeeping gloves 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.
Any witnesses should contact the road policing unit at Solihull on 0845 113 5000.