We’ll miss our lovely lad, say parents of tragic Karl

Karl Reay, from Whitley Bay, who was killed in a car crash on the A189 near Cramlington, with his girlfriend Megan Wealleans who was injured.
Karl Reay, from Whitley Bay, who was killed in a car crash on the A189 near Cramlington, with his girlfriend Megan Wealleans who was injured.
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A teenager killed in a car crash near Cramlington at the weekend has been described by his family as a “lovely lad” who will be much missed.

Karl James Reay lost control of his Renault Clio while driving north along the A189 Spine Road with his girlfriend Megan Wealleans.

The accident happened near the Shankhouse junction at around 5.05pm on Saturday.

The 19-year-old’s car left the road and overturned.

Karl, of Whitley Bay, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His girlfriend Megan, 18, was rushed to Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital for treatment, but her injuries were said not to be life-threatening and she has since been allowed to go home.

She was in the front passenger seat of the Clio at the time of the accident.

A spokesman for Karl’s mother, father and two sisters said the loss of their son and brother was “a tragic event that should never have happened”.

“He is a lovely lad who is full of energy and he will be sorely missed,” they added.

In a joint statement, Megan said she loved Karl and the 13 months together were “the best times of my life”.

Megan’s family added that they were very proud to have known Karl.

Police are appealing to any witnesses to the crash to get in touch.

Acting Inspector David Gould, the officer leading the investigation, said: “This is a busy stretch of road.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who was in the area at the time to contact police.

“This is a tragic incident which sadly claimed the life of a 19-year-old male.”

Anyone with any information is asked to ring the police on 03456 043043 ext 69191.

A 19-year-old woman, believed to be from Tyneside, has been arrested in connection with the accident.

She was driving another car on the A189 at the time, also heading north.

She was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been released on bail until May pending further inquiries.