Inquest date set for teen who died when car hit tree near North Walsham

Preston Fulcher. Picture: FAMILY

Preston Fulcher. Picture: FAMILY - Credit: Archant

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has completed its inquiry into the circumstances in which a teenager lost his life.

An inquest into the death of 19-year-old Preston Fulcher is due to be held in Norwich on February 28.

Preston died on June 26 last year after the Peugeot car he was driving left the road and hit a tree near Captain's Pond, on the outskirts of North Walsham.

A police car was reported to have been pursuing the Peugeot before the early-morning crash.

An IPCC spokesman said: 'The investigation is complete and the report is being shared with the appropriate parties.

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'The publication of the report will await the conclusion of the HM Coroner inquest, and any subsequent misconduct or criminal proceedings.'

In a tribute after his death, Preston's parents, Anita and Stuart, sister Ellie and brothers Danny and Ben, described him as a 'kind, fun-loving and thoughtful young gentleman'.

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The tribute added: 'Preston was such a comedian, he would always have everyone laughing and there was never a dull moment when he was around. Always dressed smartly and keen to help others, he loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends, especially helping out his best friend Connor and nanny Jill.

'Preston was a lover of animals and in particular his beloved Rottweiler Tiger and his rabbit Foxy.

'He had an old soul for his age and loved nothing more than going out on random walks with his sister, even if it meant getting lost and ending up in a tea room.'

Preston had been a pupil at North Walsham High School and went on to study carpentry at college.

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