A family has paid a heart rending tribute to their son who was killed in a head on collision on Wharf Road, Wroughton on Monday 2 November.
Alex Szymanski, 19, from Rodbourne, died when his Citroen Saxon smashed into two vans on a blind bend, as he drove from Wroughton to Hay Lane on the B4005, just after 3.30pm.
Police serious collision investigator PC Mark Morrison said, “it would appear the Saxo went to the wrong side of the road where it was first involved in a collision with the VW and then the Ford Transit.”
A 28 year old passenger was taken to the Great Western Hospital with serious abdominal and facial injuries. described as serious but not life-threatening
His parents issued a tribute through the police. ‘Alex may have only lived for 19 years but his life was full. As a boy he attended Tregoze and Greendown schools and although not a natural scholar he successfully obtained a job at the end of his school life.
‘He worked hard at his job as a trainee mechanic and panel beater where he was able to live his dream of combining work with his love of cars.
‘He was a great son, loyal older brother and much loved friend to his army of Facebook followers.
‘His other love was family, especially the legion of baby cousins that he absolutely adored. His long term ambition was to be a good husband and great parent to emulate the love and protection given to him by his own mum and dad.
‘At times he was a typical teenager struggling to balance the carefree days of youth with the responsibility of becoming a fully paid up adult. But without question he would have succeeded and the man to emerge would have been wonderful.’
At the growing collection of flowers laid at the crash scene outside Wroughton, friend Abi Page from Woodhall Park said she had only known Alex for about six months. “Alex was the kind of person that you felt you knew well as soon as you met him. He was a lovely person. It is devastating to think he’s no longer with us.”
Clive Zimmerman, Alex's former headteacher at Greendown said, “we are all extremely sad to hear about Alex’s death. We all remember him as a lively and likeable student who had a keen sense of fun. He was a popular lad and it’s tragic that his life was cut so short. Our thoughts are with his family, including Alex’s brother Corey who is a pupil at the school.”
Wroughton Parish Council are calling for the national speed limit on the road to be reduced from the national limit of 60mph.
Blake Richardson is selling Alex Szymanski tribute car stickers for a £1 or more to raise money to help the family cover funeral costs. To purchase one, call 0754 7186574.