Teenager dies at wheel after passing test

THE family of a teenager who died behind the wheel of his car on the day he passed his driving test has paid tribute to the 'special, unique person who

THE family of a teenager who died behind the wheel of his car on the day he passed his driving test has paid tribute to the 'special, unique person who touched everyone he met'.Matthew Thompson, of Garsdale Road, Weston, died on Wednesday (May 2) when he suffered heart problems while driving on his first journey since passing his test.The popular 18-year-old stopped at a set of traffic lights in Locking Road, but when the lights turned green his car did not move. He was later found dead.His family said Matthew was a well-known and popular lad who had a sharp dress sense, love of music and a wicked sense of humour.He lived at home with his father Paul, mother Lyn, 15-year-old brother Daniel and grandmother Pam. He attended Worle Community School and had suffered from heart problems from an early age.He was travelling to Upper Cut hairdressers to show off his test certificate. He had worked at the salon since September on an apprenticeship scheme. It was a job he loved.His family said: "He was a unique person with a unique personality, very outgoing and he touched the lives of everyone he met in a special way. We don't know how he did it, but he did."He was bubbly and humorous, had a wicked sense of humour and was definitely a bit of a ladies' man. He used to love chatting to all the customers and the old dears in the salon."He loved his clothes and music, especially the Scissor Sisters, and was always well dressed. He was so proud of passing his driving test on his first try. He was so excited he was shaking and wanted to show off his certificate at the salon. We will miss him dearly."Matthew also attended St Martin's Junior School and Mendip Green First School. A date for his funeral will not be confirmed until doctors have analysed his heart.


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