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TRAGEDY OF CRASH TEEN LIVING A ,EURyDREAM YEAR,EURO IN OZ; Blues fan Will, 15, was due home this month but died in smash.

Byline: Nick McCarthy

A BIRMINGHAM teenager has died during a EURydream yearEURO in Australia after the car he was driving rolled over in a crash on a private road.

William Taylor, 15, had been living with his father David in Kambalda, Western Australia, since May 2011 and was due to return home to the UK later this month.

The Blues fanatic was driving when the accident happened on Monday evening in the small gold mining town, which is nearly 400 miles from Perth.

The former Baverstock School pupil lived with his mum, Anita, and 19-year-old brother, Daniel, in Kings Heath before moving out to stay with his dad for the past 12 months.

Last night WillEUROs uncle, Bob Thomson, paid tribute to his nephew who would have turned 16 in July.

The 55-year-old financial adviser, from Lichfield, said: EUR[pounds sterling]Will was a popular young lad and itEUROs tragic that this has happened. ItEUROs really quite horrific.

EUR[pounds sterling]His mother, brother and the rest of the family are absolutely distraught.

EUR[pounds sterling]Will was such a popular lad and he was sports mad. He loved Blues and even though he was living out in the middle of nowhere, he kept tabs on what was going on.

EUR[pounds sterling]He was over there living with his dad and was due to come back after 12 months.

EUR[pounds sterling]From what I have been told so far he was offered the chance to drive by a friend on a private road, which was a bit of a dirt track. The car then rolled over.

EUR[pounds sterling]There were some other youngsters inside, but IEUROm not sure how badly they were hurt.EUROEURO William had been enjoying a dream stay with his father in Oz before the tragedy, said his uncle.

EUR[pounds sterling]He had been swimming with dolphins, sea fishing and had experienced the kind of things that you just canEUROt do in Birmingham,EUROEURO Mr Thomson said. EURyEURyItEUROs such a tragedy.EUR

Tributes have been pouring in for the popular teenager from friends in Australia and Birmingham.

One message was left on a Facebook tribute page from close pal Jack Mack, who grew up with William.

He said: EURyEURyYou were a great friend to many and a great captain for football and a great cricketer. ItEUROs a shame you didnEUROt get to live your life.EUR

Page McMillan, from Western Australia, said: EUR[pounds sterling]Love you Will. We all miss you here, donEUROt ever forget it.EUR

Julie Page Severne added: EUR[pounds sterling]You were a great lad... you always had a smile on your face.

EUR[pounds sterling]I am sure (friends) will be shedding some tears, but in with the sadness, a few smiles as they remember you. Rest in peace.EUR

Australian media have reported that three other people inside the car escaped with minor injuries.

Police say there was no indication alcohol was a factor in the crash near Cave Rocks Mine. A spokesman for the Foreign Office confirmed that they were providing consular assistance to WilliamEUROs family.

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Tribute: The crash scene. Family: Will with brother Daniel (front right), cousin Samantha Mulligan and, back from left, cousins Neil Mulligan, Mark Mitchell and Adam Spittle. Popular: Will Taylor.
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