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Tributes paid to tragic Dudley teen killed in Tipton road smash
3:35pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
THE FAMILY of a Dudley teenager, who was killed in an early hours road smash in Tipton, have spoken of their devastation.
Prayers have today been said for 19 year-old Ahlack Rehman at Dudley Mosque, who died following a collision in Fisher Street at 12.40am on Monday, after the blue Vauxhall Corsa he is believed to have been travelling in, collided with a wall and a lamp post.
The former Castle High School pupil was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Paying tribute to Ahlack, who was also known as Akky, his family said: "His tragic death has devastated his grandfather and father as well as his extensive family and friends who will remember him as a funny, hardworking young man who was full of life and loved spending time with his family and friends.
"Attending the local gym and the cinema were amongst a few of his favourite past times with his friends who described him as "the best". He was always smiling and got on well with everyone who he met, we all enjoyed a day out on Sunday to the Clent Hills as it was a nice day. All the people at The Buffery will miss him, he will never be forgotten, he has left a big empty space in a lot of people's lives."
An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the Black Country Coroner in Smethwick as friends continue posting tributes on a Facebook memorial page set up in his honour.
The page - ‘RIP Akky Rehman 1 Feb 1993-10 Sept 2012’ - has already attracted more than 1,200 ‘likes’.
Five men - two 17-year-olds, one 18-year-old and two 19-year-olds -were all arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and have been bailed pending further inquiries as police continue their investigations and continue to appeal for any witnesses.
Inspector Mark Watkins, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: "A young man has lost his life in terrible circumstances and we need to understand how this happened.
"I am keen to hear from anyone who saw the collision or who may have witnessed the vehicle being driven beforehand."
Witnesses should call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.