Community 'deeply shocked' at Musbury crash death of 'angel' Tom Chubb
A Devon community and its local council were left “deeply shocked” after the teenage son of a Conservative councillor died in a car crash.
Tom Chubb, 18, was killed after his black Porsche sports car collided with a Peugeot van as it pulled out of a minor road and onto the A358 road to Musbury.
Colleagues of his father, Iain Chubb, said their thoughts were with the East Devon District Council cabinet member for environment and his family.
Council leader Paul Diviani paid tribute to the youngster, adding: “He was a lovely lad and will be missed greatly by his many friends as well as his family. We are deeply shocked by the tragedy that has struck our friend and colleague Iain Chubb.
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“Our thoughts are with him and his family at this sad and distressing time.”
Tributes to the former Axe Valley Community College student flooded in to his social networking page.
One post on Facebook read: “Rest in peace angel, you will be truly missed by everyone.
“You were such a kind-hearted person who didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone.
“You didn’t deserve this. We love and miss you – sleep tight.”
Another said: “You will be sorely missed… just can’t believe you’re gone. Our thoughts go out to your family”.
The 18-year-old was pictured on his Facebook page this month posing with the 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo.
In light-hearted chat with friends he told how the performance car “pulled like a train”.
Police said Mr Chubb was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened near Hunter’s Lodge, Musbury at 10.20pm on Wednesday.
His father, the councillor for Newbridges Ward, who lives with his wife Eve at Abbey Gate, Axminster, has also posted a photograph of a black Porsche Carrera on his Facebook page.
Mr Chubb senior, who runs Chubb Properties and Axis Marketing, has also posted his “motto” on the internet site, which states: “Better one day as a lion than a life as a sheep”.
Emergency services attended the scene of the fatal crash, along with firefighters from Axminster and Colyton and a heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor, Exeter.
The crews freed the 44-year-old driver from the van, using hydraulic rescue equipment and took him to hospital.
The man and his male passenger were said to have escaped serious injury.
Police have said they are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to it, to contact them.
Traffic was diverted after the road was closed for eight hours while crash investigators gathered information.
A police spokesman said that no formal identification had so far taken place.