A Chard mum has led tributes to her “popular” son who died after a car crash in Ilminster.
Talented motocross rider Liam Taylor, 19, of Wreath Lane, died at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol on Tuesday morning after sustaining serious injuries in the crash at Station Road at around 7.40pm on Monday.
His mum Gail Taylor said: “He was loved by us so much and will be greatly missed.
“He was very sporty and so popular, it was his style, he was such a good kid and people liked him.”
Liam also leaves his dad Chris, brother Grant and sisters Bella and Toni.
A Facebook page “RIP Liam ‘Turbo’ Taylor” set up for the former Holyrood pupil has already attracted hundreds of messages from shocked friends.
Nicky Warren said: “So awful, so heartbreakingly sad to hear. Thoughts to everyone who knew and loved him and I hope that such a show of love and happy memories by so many brings a little bit of comfort.”
Bob Butler, chairman of South West Off Road motocross club’s Chard branch said: “Liam was a very good rider who will be very greatly missed. He was a popular lad, a real up-and-comer, one of the top young motocross riders in the country. He would have gone a long way, he raced in lots of the big competitions. It is so sad, he had a lot ahead of him.
All our thoughts are with his family.”
This week, friends have been trying to get the hashtag #liamtaylor341 trending on social networking site Twitter – 341 was Liam’s racing number.
Maurice Hicks, headteacher of Holyrood Academy said: “Liam was a lively and cheerful student. Everyone liked him and appreciated his good-nature. Liam had many friends, a great sense of fun, and always liked to get involved in activities. He was always up for a challenge.
“Staff and students at Holyrood Academy will always have fond memories of Liam and his time with us.”
Police are seeking witnesses to the crash. A spokesman said: “A car driving towards the A303 Southfields roundabout was in the process of negotiating a left bend after crossing the River Isle (bridge) when it was in collision with a roadside sign and lamp post. A man sustained serious head injuries. He was taken to Frenchay Hospital but died on Tuesday morning.”
Witnesses should contact police by calling 101 or online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.