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Death crash youth was on the run from police

PUBLISHED: 10:15 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

AN 18-YEAR-OLD who died instantly when his car smashed in to a lorry was on the run from police after escaping custody.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD who died instantly when his car smashed in to a lorry was on the run from police after escaping custody.

Andrew Wylie, of Palmerston Road, Farnborough, died when his Audi smashed in to a lorry in Dartford, about three weeks after Bromley Police appealed for information on his whereabouts.

He appeared from custody at Bromley Magistrates' Court charged with three counts of burglary when he escaped on February 19.

Officers warned he should not be approached if seen and urged anyone who knew his whereabouts to contact them immediately.

But last Tuesday the high-powered car he was driving rammed in to the lorry in Green Street Green Road, Dartford, at 2.40pm.

A neighbour, who refused to be named, said: "The police were often at the house. He is quite well known around here for being in trouble and we all knew the police were looking for him.

"It must be a terrible time for the family, no-one deserves what happened."

Police could not confirm if the car he was driving had been stolen. Flowers have since been placed at the scene of the crash, eight days after he turned 18-years-old.

He was pronounced dead shortly after the accident and the lorry driver was treated for shock at Darent Valley Hospital.

His family paid tribute to the teenager this week but refused to speak about the police charges.

His father John added: "Andrew had a great sense of humour and always used to get into fits of giggles. He had an infectious laugh and was a real joker - even as a kid, giggling away. He was popular and well-known around Bromley and Orpington and was very talented, turning his hand to anything. I will miss my little boy deeply."

His sister Lisa, 20, added: "Andrew was a talented young man who had just turned 18. I will always remember Andrew as a beautiful intelligent young man who always amazed me with his many talents. I will miss his magic tricks and flips and bouncing around on his stilts. He was always giggling and was very popular and loved by everyone who knew him" Bromley Police confirmed Kent Police had informed them about his death.

A spokesperson said: "We previously appealed for information as to the whereabouts of Andrew Wylie, aged 17, from Orpington.

"We were told on Tuesday March 9 by Kent Police that he had been involved in a road traffic collision early that day and had died."

North Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to call the Serious Crash Investigation Unit (SCIU) on 01622 798538.

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