Soldier killed in road accident
A soldier on leave ahead of a tour to Afghanistan was killed in a road accident on Christmas Day.
Edward Heal, a trooper in the Kings Royal Hussars, was hit by a car in North Somerset at around 1.15am.
The 19-year-old tank gunner had been training for a tour of duty in Afghanistan starting in March.
His mother Elaine Coles, 50, told the Western Daily Press: "I have been worried about him going to Afghanistan ever since he joined up.
"He always said to me there was more chance of him being hit by a car than being killed while on duty.
"I can't believe it. It shouldn't have happened. His Christmas presents are still there by the Christmas tree."
The teenager, who was on leave from his regiment for a week, was hit by the Mazda in Kenn Road, Clevedon. He was declared dead at the scene.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "An investigation is under way to establish the circumstances."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information which could help the investigation is asked to contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101.