A TEENAGER who died in a car crash in a village near Bidford has been named as a student at Bredon School.

Charles Bateman has been remembered as a “smiling, happy, helpful son and protective brother” by his family after his death on December 23.

The 17-year-old was driving a blue Ford Fiesta when the collision with a grey Land Rover Freelander took place in Barton at 7pm on Saturday, December 22.

The incident happened at the crossroads as Mr Bateman travelled east to west on the Welford Road towards Cleeve Road and the grey Land Rover Freelander travelled south along Honeybourne Road from the direction of Bidford.

Mr Bateman was taken to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for emergency treatment but later died from his injuries.

His parents Terry and Teresa Bateman paid tribute to their son, who was in Upper Sixth Form at Bredon School, near Tewkesbury.

They said: “He will always be remembered for his charming, never-ending smile and positive outlook on the world around him. His short but well-travelled life has meant that he has touched and left many loving memories in people’s hearts.

“His love and passion for agriculture and animals meant that he was always happiest outside in the fields.

He will be greatly missed and leaves a huge hole in people’s lives.”

The driver of the Freelander was treated for minor injuries and shock following the collision.

Any witnesses to the collision, or anyone who saw the vehicles just prior to the incident, are asked to contact PC Wayne Knight in the major investigation unit (roads) on 01926 415415.