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Dad Pays Tribute to Folkestone Academy Pupil Alisha Ponter, 16, Killed in A249 Crash near Maidstone

The devastated father of a 16-year-old girl tragically killed in a car crash has fondly remembered his “one-of-a-kind” daughter, Alisha Ponter.

Alisha, a pupil at Folkestone Academy, lost her life as a passenger in a Toyota Hilux that collided with a road barrier and overturned on the A249 near Maidstone over the weekend.

Efforts were made by emergency services to revive her, but tragically, she succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident.

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Her heartbroken father, Luke Ponter, described Alisha as a vibrant and beautiful individual. “She was very bubbly and a one-of-a-kind,” he expressed. “She was very dependable and was just beautiful. She loved getting her fake tan done, eyelashes, and nails – she loved a sunbed. Alisha loved beauty stuff and was just about to have work experience in a beauty shop. She had an amazing personality.”

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Emergency services, including an air ambulance, rushed to the scene of the crash on the Sheppey-bound carriageway near the Stockbury roundabout and Church Hill between Maidstone and Sittingbourne around 6:50 pm on Saturday.

While a 15-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital, a 17-year-old boy suffered minor injuries. The older boy was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed to return to the police station on May 20.

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Mr. Ponter recounted learning about the crash through Alisha’s mother and driving to the scene himself. “I had to wait for an officer to come from the scene and he told us Alisha did not make it. He let us go down [to the scene] to see her. We all are heartbroken.”

Tributes for Alisha, the eldest of seven siblings, poured in over the weekend, with heartfelt messages from her family and friends expressing deep sorrow and profound loss.

In the wake of this tragedy, police are urging anyone with relevant information or dashcam footage to come forward and assist with their inquiries. The Serious Collision Investigation Unit is leading the investigation, and individuals can reach out to them via phone or email, quoting reference RY/HG/021/24.

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