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Teenager killed in car smash

A TEENAGE driver who died from head injuries lay undiscovered for hours after his car collided with a tree.

A TEENAGE driver who died from head injuries lay undiscovered for hours after his car collided with a tree.

A passer-by discovered Jon Arnold's vehicle on Manley Road, Alvanley, shortly before 6am on Saturday.

Police believe he and his passenger Lee Ward, 20, had been there for hours before they were discovered.

The friends were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where Jon, 19, died the following day.

Lee Ward, of Langdale Way, Frodsham, was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries but was discharged on Wednesday.

The young men had been on a night out and were on their way home when Jon's blue Ford Ka careered off the road.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the accident or anybody who may have seen the car before or after it ploughed into the tree.

Cheshire Constabulary spokeswoman Jacqui Hanson said: 'As a matter of routine the police would already have spoken to the passenger to try and establish what happened, but we still need to speak to anybody who knows anything to try and get as much information as we can.'

Jon's family, including his older sister Kirsty, were too distressed to talk about the accident. His parents Val and Dave Arnold, who own Daval's Sweet Shop in Church Street, said of their son: 'He was just lovely.'

Mr Arnold added the family didn't yet know enough about the circumstances of their son's death to comment.

The couple have now put a sign in the window of their shop informing friends and customers of Jon's death.

The sign says the shop will be closed until further notice and invites anyone who knew Jon to attend his funeral.

Jon's funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 24 at St Laurence's Church in Frodsham at 2.30pm.

A former pupil of Frodsham High School, Jon worked as a baker at the Devonshire Bakery in Frodsham where he had been employed for nearly three years.

His boss, Rob Crowther, said: 'Jon's natural flair and ability was quite obvious early on in his career with us.

'He was always keen to produce good quality products and showed great commitment to his job.

'He always had a smile and was very polite and helpful.

'His sudden death has, without exception, affected all of his work colleagues and he will certainly be greatly missed.'

Jenny Andrews lives a few doors away from the Arnold family and has grown up with Jon. They both attended Frodsham High School.

She said she was shocked by Jon's sudden death as he was a popular boy and had many friends.

Jenny said: 'He was a really lovely person. He was always friends with everyone. I don't think he had a bad bone in his body.'


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