Tributes to rugby club teenager killed in motorcycling accident

PUBLISHED: 16:42 28 August 2012

Chris Greenhill

Chris Greenhill

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THE family of a Hertfordshire teenager killed in a motorcycling accident have paid tribute to him.

Datchworth Rugby Club player Christopher Greenhill died in a collision close to Watton-at-Stone this week.

The 18-year-old crashed in Whempstead Road, near to the A602 junction, just after 12.30pm on Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Christopher’s family – dad Dave, mum Sue and elder sister Rachel – praised “a wonderful son, brother and friend”.

In a statement released by Herts police, the family said: “He was a well-loved and popular young man with many friends who adored him. He was an eccentric, but well known for his laid back and caring nature as well as his ingenuity.

“He could turn his hand to anything. From an early age he was inventing and creating gadgets, including a burglar alarm for his bedroom when he was only eight years old, and a pulley system supplying drinks to his loft bed alleviating the necessity to get out of bed.”

The family said Christopher, from Hertford Heath, was “a keen sportsman” who played second row for Datchworth.

“Chris’ choice of clothing was often subject of comment where he would often wear his Datchworth rugby tie instead of his regulation house tie at school,” the family said.

“He loved the time he spent in and around Watton-at-Stone with all his friends, where they would set up campsites in the woods enjoying each other’s company. Christopher was great friends with his elder sister Rachel, who is studying at the University of Brighton.

“One of his most enjoyable days was on his 18th birthday which he spent with Rachel and friends enjoying Brighton’s nightlife. Christopher was a wonderful son, brother and friend and we are all so lucky that he has been a part of our lives. He will be forever missed.”


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