THE family of a young trainee chef who died after being hit by a car in Bromsgrove last week have paid tribute to the teenager.

Samuel Chambers was killed after being hit by a Toyota Avensis near the traffic lights at the junction of the A38 and New Road while on his way to see his girlfriend on his skateboard just after 10.20pm on Tuesday, May 13.

The 17-year-old – known as Sam to his family and friends – suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement his family said they had been touched by the “overwhelming” display of flowers and messages at the scene.

“It is evident by the hundreds of messages, flowers, and heartfelt tributes that Sam was no ordinary teenager,” they said.

“His unique and devilish sense of humour, coupled with his impeccable manners, meant that he was adored by everybody - both young and old.

“Sam was a most skilful skateboarder, and could often be spotted around Bromsgrove or going to and from work on his cherished skateboard.

“A massive void has been left in the lives of Sam's many friends, family, and work colleagues.

“Family would like to take this opportunity to thank anybody who assisted at the scene of Sam's death.”

The teenager was a former pupil at schools in Lickey, Waseley and Bromsgrove and studied at Bournville College for a short time before becoming a trainee chef at the Harvester restaurant in Bromsgrove, where colleagues said he was a much-valued member of the team.

Police are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to call them on 101 quoting incident number 763-S-130514.