Boys killed in car accident named

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Two teenagers killed after the car they were travelling in left the road “at speed” and hit a tree have been named as George Wharton, 14 and Rhys Baker, 13.

Two other teenagers, Kameron Walters, 14, and 15-year-old Joshua Van Veen, remained in a critical condition in hospital last night.

The boys are thought to have been picked up by a 21-year-old without the permission of their parents. The driver is seriously ill in hospital.

The accident happened at 1.50pm on Saturday on the A62 Gelderd Road of Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire Police said.

Superintendent Sam Millar of Leeds Police described the incident as “a terrible tragedy”.

Both boys who died were from the local area and went to the Bruntcliffe Secondary School and Morley Academy, which are now being supported by police, Supt Millar said.

Police said the blue Peugeot car is believed to have overtaken another vehicle “at speed” before colliding with a tree on Gelderd Road near the Finning premises.

Supt Millar said: ” We are appealing for any witnesses to the specific incident but also the movements and behaviour of the car during the rest of the day.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle at the Tesco Express store.

“I would also like to praise a number of members of the public who stopped at the scene of the incident and helped in whatever way they could.”

Friends gathered to lay flowers and remember the victims of the crash yesterday.

Jack Bagshaw, 15, who went to the site with his mother, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: ” We’re all a really close-knit group of lads and we came here because we want to be with each other.

“When I found out this morning I was heartbroken.”

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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