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'An engaging, fine and upstanding young man' - College's tribute to former student

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STAFF at a Hampshire college have paid tribute to a former student killed in a crash.

Romsey teenager, George Dillon, died after hitting a tree while driving along Lee Lane.

The 19-year-old was described as "an engaging, fine and upstanding young man".

A spokesperson from Sparsholt College near Winchester said: "The Sparsholt family would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Dillon family.

"George was a popular and very well regarded member of our community and as such his passing has been felt deeply by staff and students alike.

"We would like to pay tribute to the Dillon family who raised an engaging, fine and upstanding young man."

George Dillon was killed in a crash in Romsey (Image: Hampshire police)

George was taken to Southampton General Hospital following the accident at 10.45pm on Thursday, May 18.

He later died of his injuries.

In a statement released earlier today, his family said: "Our son and brother, our hero! George brought love and laughter to everyone who had the privilege to have met him.

"He had a heart as big as a mountain and would do anything for anybody. George had his own unique style, he loved country music, farming and his biggest loves of all were tractors and his cowboy boots.

"George's studies came to fruition just days ago when he passed his final year studying agriculture engineering with merit and we couldn't be more proud. He enjoyed living life to the full, he was so incredibly sociable and adored each and every one of his friends.

"Our hearts are shattered and we miss him more than words could ever express. We are so immensely grateful for the amazing 19 years and 11 months he gave us. Georgie our beautiful, gentle, loving boy - thank you so much for the amazing most joyful precious time we had with you. All our love xx."

Anyone with information about the crash should call 101, quoting 44230196768, or report online via hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

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