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Police hunt driver after 17-year-old killed in Walsall crash

By Harry Leather | Walsall | Crime | Published:

Police are searching for a driver who fled the scene after a crash that killed a teenager in Walsall.

An aerial view of Weston Street in Walsall. Photo: Google

A 17-year-old boy died after the VW Golf he is believed to have been a passenger in ploughed into parked cars and a lamppost in Weston Street, Palfrey.

Officers are now trying to trace the Golf's driver, who is thought to have fled after crashing shortly after midnight this morning.

The 17-year-old, from Malvern in Worcestershire, was found collapsed near the scene of the crash with multiple serious injuries, including to his head. He was taken Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he was later pronounced dead.

Two 14-year-old female passengers were also injured. One was taken to hospital with a broken arm and the other was discharged at the scene with minor injuries.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said it would only be a matter of time until officers found the driver and urged witnesses to come forward.

He said: "We’re working to understand what happened in the build-up to the collision so if anyone saw the VW Golf in Weston Street or the surrounding area just after midnight then please call or email.

"You could have really important information to assist our enquiries.

"This is a tragic incident in which a teenager has lost his life and our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.

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"We are doing all we can to trace the driver. It’s only a matter of time before we catch up with him so I would urge that person to do the right thing and come and speak to us so they can explain what happened."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had collided with stationary cars and a lamppost. There were three patients.

“A man had suffered multiple serious injuries and received specialist trauma care before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on alert.

"The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en-route to hospital.

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“A teenage girl was treated for an arm injury and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital whilst a second teenage girl was discharged at the scene.”

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who has information about the driver, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email fl.collision_invest@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk quoting log 36 from August 2.

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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