Touching tributes have been paid to two Lowestoft teenagers who died in a car crash on Tuesday night.

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Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett, both 18, died in a crash on the A143/A146 at Gillingham, near Beccles, on Tuesday, while their friend Georgia Puttock, also 18, remains in a “critical but stable” condition at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

The crash came as a report from the House of Commons Transport Committee highlighted that the number killed on Britain’s roads is rising, with crashes the leading cause of deaths among those aged 16-24.

Yesterday the three teenagers were identified on social networking site Twitter as friends paid tribute to Kathryn and Sam, who was described as a “prodigious” golfing talent, and also encouraged others to pray for Georgia.

The three, who all previously studied at Kirkley High School, now the East Point Academy, were driving towards Lowestoft at about 6.30pm when their red Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a black Mercedes going in the opposite direction.

Sam and Kathryn died, while driver Georgia, a former Norwich City College student, was last night described as critical but stable.

Yesterday golfers paid tribute to Sam, who had recently finished second in the Suffolk Amateur Championship.

Southwold Golf Club’s professional Robin Mann, who had been working with Sam for the last year, called him a “prodigious talent”.

He said: “Everyone is stunned by the news. I’m just coming to terms with it myself. We’re all in shock.”

He added: “He could have gone all the way but that opportunity has been taken away. He was an awesome talent and it’s sickening to know he won’t fulfil his potential.”

Sam was previously a member at Rookery Park Golf Club, in Carlton Colville, where he had been part of a team that won the Suffolk Golf Union Junior Team Championship.

A spokesman for the club said: “His cheerful outgoing personality will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with Sam’s family at this very difficult time.”

Hundreds of messages were posted on Twitter, with the phrases #RipSamJaggard #RipKathrynRivett and #PrayForGeorgia all regularly used.

Leanne Riches, 18, of Lowestoft, said: “Actually can’t believe this has happened. Bad things always happen to lovely people.”

The crash happened at about 6.30pm on Tuesday near a strawberry picking area west of the McDonalds and BP roundabout.

The occupants of the Mercedes, who are not local, were not seriously injured.

The road was closed for more than five hours as investigations were carried out and diversions were put in place.

A four-vehicle crash had also happened at the same spot at 8.45am on Tuesday.

One woman was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, after suffering injuries described by police as “not life-changing”.

A woman who runs the strawberry picking service said she was surprised by the crashes at that scene.

She did not want to give her name but said: “It is surprising for me as years ago we had problems when there was a lay-by there, but not now.”

Sue Ward, assistant manager at the BP station, said crashes were more common near Hales and the Haddiscoe bends.

She said: “I think this is the first time there has been one since I have been here, and I have been here four years.”

The crash happened the evening before the House of Commons Transport Committee highlighted that the number killed on Britain’s roads rose between 2010 and 2011, with crashes the leading cause of deaths among those aged 16-24.

Figures released from Norfolk and Suffolk showed that both counties had seen rises in road deaths between 2010 and 2011, however they were lower than in 2009.

In Cambridgeshire deaths had fallen between 2010 and 2011, but both were higher than 2009.

Witnesses to the crash should call 101.

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