Teenager died in crash at Littleport, hours after finishing his last A-Level
PUBLISHED: 15:30 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:31 21 June 2013
Jack Ure, 18, from Little Downham, near Ely, was travelling in a car which was involved in a collision with two other vehicles shortly before 2pm on New River Bank, near the Swan pub, yesterday.
Mr Ure was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. A second passenger was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with suspected pelvic injuries, with three other people treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Today Mark Sirot-Smith, director of Ely College Sixth Form, said: “Jack was a popular and much loved student at Ely College Sixth Form.
“He was a very bright young man with a wicked sense of humour. He was at the centre of numerous escapades both in and out of college, but was always able to extricate himself with his quick wit and winning smile.
“Jack was an active learner and fully involved himself in lessons, looking to demonstrate how much he knew and to engage his teachers in discussions around the subject but usually off topic.”
Mr Sirot-Smith said Jack was never afraid to voice his opinion and loved a good debate.
“We are a small sixth form so everyone knew Jack and as a community we are devastated by his loss,” he said.
“He finished his last A level exam on Thursday morning and left the college in high spirits, promising to see everyone at our Summer Ball on Friday, where he’d been nominated for a number of awards.
“Jack was hoping to go to university to study Business Economics. I am sure that thanks to his intellect, ability to think on his feet and self-confidence a successful career in business beckoned.
“Our thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends, especially his parents Tony and Emma and his sister Lucy.”
Tributes to Mr Ure were flooding in on social networking site Facebook, with scores leaving their condolences.
Abbie Hunt posted: “You were like the closest I had to a brother, it’s heartbreaking thinking that you’re gone. I can’t even believe it. All the memories we have together as families, it’ll never be the same again with out you.”
Kim Hatchett posted: “You were such an amazing person Jack, you will be truly missed by so many. You have touched the lives of so many people and the memories we have with you will be remembered forever and cherished.”
Leanne Feast posted: “Still absolutely shell shocked to hear what has happened life is so cruel sometimes. Only last week were we having a giggle in the shop! You’ll be sadly missed by so many such a stunning fun loving boy taken so suddenly and too soon.”
Susan Didlick, a coach at Ely Tennis Club, where Jack played, said: “He was really lovely lad. He will be missed.”
A keen sportsman, Mr Ure also boxed for Haddenham and Ely Amateur Boxing Club while still at school and played football for Little Downham Swifts, appearing 23 times for the club last season.