A TEENAGER who died in a road crash “touched so many hearts”, his family has said.
Kalun Longman, 16, from Newtown, was travelling on the A483 on Tuesday when his moped was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van near Llanymynech.
Kalun’s parents, Chris and Jessica Longman, along with sisters Kiya and Aylish, led the tributes to the teenager, saying how proud they were of everything he did in his life.
A statement from the family said: “We would like to thank everyone for their support.
“It just shows Kalun was a well respected person and made so many people smile and touched so many hearts.
“We are so proud of him and everything he did in his life.”
Hundreds of tributes have been pouring in on social media, and Newtown High School also paid tribute to its former pupil who was a “source of laughter and joy”.
A statement said: “We know from experience how devastating the death of a young person is for his family, friends and community.
“Kalun was a tour de force, a character who filled the room, a source of laughter and joy. Kalun had his soft side too. He was kind, considerate and thoughtful.
“Kalun will be sorely missed. We have many happy memories of the time he was a member of our school community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”
The teenager was a former footballer for Newtown Whitestars, and chairman of the junior club, Nicky Morris, sent her thoughts to the family.
She said: “From everyone at the Whitestars I would like to send our thoughts to Kalun’s family.
“It is such a terrible time.”
Newtown Football Club also posted on Twitter, paying its respects to the young footballer.
It said: “Everyone at Newtown Football Club would like to send their thoughts to the family of Kalun Longman.”
Kalun went to college in Wrexham, and was an apprentice at GF Grigg Construction, based in Penstrowed.
The A483 was closed for seven hours between Llanymynech and Four Crosses after the crash.
On Tuesday afternoon a Dyfed Powys Police spokesman said: “At approximately 8.10am this morning police were made aware of a two vehicle RTC on the A483 Welshpool to Llanymynech road.
“The two vehicles were a motorcycle and a Transit van. Ambulance and fire were also at the scene, and the road was closed in both directions.
“Sadly, the male motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said they sent two emergency ambulances to the scene and a Wales Air Ambulance.
A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service added: “Two fire crews from Welshpool attended a road traffic collision between a van and a motorcycle on the A483 in Llanymynech on Tuesday, October 6, at 8.30am.
“The occupant of the van was out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of the fire service, however the rider of the motorcycle was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
“Firefighters assisted police with scene safety, however as no further action was required by the service, fire crews left the scene at 9.21am.”
Witnesses to the accident are asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.