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Family pays tribute

Ethan Linwood was a front seat passenger in a black Peugeot 206 which appeared to lose control and strike a tree while travelling along the B1051 just before 9.30pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

Ethan, who lived near Great Sampford, was taken to Cambridgeshire’s Addenbrookes Hospital by ambulance with head injuries but sadly died there on on Monday, October 8, 2012.

The driver, a 19-year-old woman also from the Thaxted area, was also injured. She remains in a stable condition at the Cambridgeshire hospital.

Ethan's parents Morag and Robert Linwood have paid tribute to their son, describing him as a boy who 'loved life and loved people'.

Ethan was born at The Rosie, Cambridge and lived firstly in Finchingfield, then later on the outskirts of Thaxted with his parents and sister.

Ethan recently started year 7 at Saffron Walden County High School and loved it, making new friends and experiencing new things.

As a former pupil of Great Sampford Primary School, he won the Iris Woodward Award for Citizenship at the end of the 2012 summer term.

His Headteacher's leaving comments were "I have always found Ethan to be the most delightful character, who never seems to have a bad word to say about anyone or anything. Well done Ethan, it has been a great pleasure to have you at Great Sampford, your sense of humour will be missed and I wish you every success for the future”.

He loved playing golf and for six years had lessons every Saturday morning at Saffron Walden Golf Club, he’d hoped to join as a junior member this autumn.

He also enjoyed football and played for Thaxted Rangers Football Club, he loved the social aspect nearly as much as the football side.

He attended Great Sampford youth Club and often volunteered to help clear up after.

Ethan and his sister adored each other. She was the big sister who was overly protective and advised him on this hair and clothes. He was the little brother who bribed with popcorn would curl up with her and watch Disney DVDs.

In short Ethan loved life and he loved people. Everyone who met Ethan was touched by his kindness and politeness. Everyone who knew him will miss him greatly.

Anyone with information in connection with this fatal road crash is urged to contact Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email the team at collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk