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Tributes to teenage crash driver

Sam Owens
Sam Owens was 'a very popular person'

Police have appealed for witnesses after the death of a teenage motorist in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Sam Owens, 18, is believed to have lost control of his car, which veered across the road on a bend and hit a stone wall in Cowbridge on Friday night.

Mr Owens, from Aberthin, was described as a "hard working, intelligent young man" by his family.

He died later at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital at Llantristant. The crash happened on the A4222 at 23.30 BST.

Police said he was the only one inside the silver Ford Focus, which was heading towards the village of Maendy when the crash happened at about 2330 BST.

In a tribute, his family said: "Everybody loved Sam.

"He was a credit to his family and a very popular person who cared about everybody.

"He was his mum Yvonne's best friend, a brilliant brother to Jacob and Emily. It just won't be the same without him."

South Wales Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of driving of the Ford Focus prior to collision to contact the eastern roads policing unit Tel 02920 571600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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