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Tributes pour in for tragic crash victim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a young driver who died when his car struck a lamp post outside his former school.

Derbyshire Police have named the victim as 20-year-old engineering apprentice Ali Kemp, of Sage Drive, in Woodville.

He died when his yellow Honda Civic crashed in near the Granville Sports College, in Woodville, on Saturday night.

Ali’s heartbroken sweetheart, father, and employers have led the tributes.

His girlfriend Mara Goodwin, who posted a heartfelt message on Facebook, said Ali was ‘the nicest guy’ she had ever met.

In the message she said: “You were absolutely amazing and the nicest guy I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.

“And I was lucky enough and special enough to be your girlfriend for the past six months.

“What we had was special, and we both knew it.

“You were always there for me when I needed you.”

In a similar post, his father Mike Kemp said: “You were a son to be proud of.

“Sleep peacefully mate, I’m going to miss you.”

Ali, a former student at Granville Sports College, went on to study engineering at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

He was then taken on as a member of Toyota’s maintenance apprenticeship scheme at its plant near Burnaston.

A spokesman from the firm told the Mail: “Alastair had worked for Toyota since 2011.

“He was well liked, popular and a respected worker.

“ Our deepest sympathies extend to Alistair’s family.”

The stretch of Burton Road where the fatal crash happened was temporarily cordoned off to traffic while officers carried out investigations.

Police, paramedics and firefighers from Swadlincote were called to the smash, which happened at just before midnight on Saturday.

Any witnesses have been urged to call the investigation team at Derbyshire Police on 101.

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