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BOY KILLED AS HE RAN INTO ROAD.

Byline: ANUJI VARMA

A 14 YEAR-OLD schoolboy has died after being hit by a car on a busy Midland road.

Shane Jeavons, of Solihull, West Midlands, had been with pals when he ran across Lode Lane and was knocked down by a blue Audi.

The Lode Heath Secondary School pupil suffered a fatal head injury in the accident which happened on Friday at 9.50pm.

Police were last night investigating the tragedy, amid claims Shane had deliberately run across the road in a prank gone wrong.

Last night, the teenager's uncle Richard Jeavons, 27, from Solihull, went to the scene to lay flowers.

He told the Sunday Mercury: "He was a golden kid. Everyone loved him and he liked to be the centre of attention.

"Shane would make people laugh so much - he definitely won't ever be forgotten.

I've got so many great memories of him."

And he said of the accident: "He'd been with his friends and went to run across the road but didn't realise that the car was so close.

"I can't believe he ran across the road and didn't look."

He said Shane's parents Peter and Lisa and their other two sons, Brandon, 12, and Jesse James, five, were being comforted at home.

"Lisa is five months pregnant. It's a very difficult time for them," he added.

Friends of Shane had witnessed the smash and claimed he had told them he was going to "run between the cars" on the busy road.

"I told him don't be silly, but he didn't listen," said one pal, who did not want to be named.

"I saw him run across and then as he went to run back he was hit by the car.

''It's such a tragedy and everyone is still in shock.

"A group of us saw it all happen and we still can't believe it.

''Shane was such a great guy and was very popular in school - everyone liked him."

West Midlands Police said they had questioned the driver of the Audi and that they were seeking witnesses to the accident.

"We are continuing to investigate the matter," the spokeswoman added.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman the youngster had suffered a significant head injury in the accident. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2011
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