AN INQUEST has opened into the deaths of two young men who were killed in a car crash near Winchester.

Luke Gething, 20, of Longcroft, Bentley, and Thomas Matthew Price, 22, of Baverstocks, Alton, died after their car left the road and collided with a tree on April 25.

At 6.30am, officers were called to the single-vehicle collision on the B3404, Alresford Road, near Morn Hill.

Their blue Ford Fiesta had been travelling towards Winchester.

During the brief hearing, pathologist Dr Adnan Al-Badri told Winchester Coroner's Court both died as a result of multiple injuries, with Mr Gething's injuries being described as "severe".

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Senior coroner Grahame Short said Mr Gething died at the scene and was identified by his tattoos, while Mr Price died at Southampton General Hospital.

Mr Short adjourned the inquest to October 1.

Both families paid tribute following the deaths. Mr Price’s family said: “Tom was sadly taken from us far too soon. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. The unexpected tragedy has left all of us devastated.

“He has left behind a family and fiancée who are shaken and heartbroken by his sudden loss, especially his two young beautiful sons Thomas and Peter, who he absolutely adored.

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“He will be truly missed by his family and friends and everyone who knew him. We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support, it really is appreciated.”

The family of Mr Gething added: “Luke was a deeply loved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. He was kind, loving, caring, and hilarious.

“He was a remarkable young lad who overcame so many difficult hurdles in his life. He was charming and kind to everyone who he knew.

“He will be ever so missed by everyone that knew him. Rest in paradise Luke, gone but never forgotten. Always in our hearts and thoughts.”

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Officers are continuing an appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the vehicle driving in the area prior to it.

Anyone with information or dash cam footage should call the police on 101, quoting crime number: 44190142001.