Two charged with murder after boy, 16, killed in moped crash

Two men have been charged with murder after a hit-and-run moped crash in which a 16-year-old boy died.

Liam Mooney
Liam Mooney

A silver Volvo S60 allegedly chased the bike carrying Liam Mooney as a pillion passenger in Rocky Lane, Perry Barr, Birmingham, at around 7.20pm on March 22.

The moped crashed and the car fled the scene, leaving Liam fatally injured in the road. He was pronounced dead the following day in hospital.

Another teenager who was riding the moped was also injured in the collision.

Paul Biggs, 25, of Hutton Drive in Brentwood, Essex, and Dale Sharpen, 30, of Vicarage Road, Woodford Green, Essex, have been charged with murder and wounding.

They were arrested at their homes in the early hours of Tuesday [11 and were due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court todayon Thursday [13.

Heartbroken

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We’ve charged two men with murder after it’s alleged they killed a boy by chasing a moped he was travelling on and causing it to crash.”Liam Mooney was a pillion passenger on the bike in Rocky Lane, Perry Barr, at 7.20pm on 22 March when it’s understood to have been pursued by a silver Volvo S60.

“The moped crashed and the car made off from the scene leaving Liam fatally injured in the road; he was pronounced dead in hospital the following day.”

“It’s alleged Biggs and Sharpen were in the silver Volvo S60 and deliberately chased the moped before the fatal collision.

“They’ve been charged with murder and wounding after another teenager on board the moped was also injured in the collision.”

In a statement issued at the time, Liam’s family said: “Liam was a bit of a joker and had a brilliant sense of humour. He was also so caring at times. He had not long become an uncle and loved his niece so much. We are so heartbroken and never thought this would happen to us.”

Officers are still appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about the collision.

Anyone that can help is asked to contact police, quoting log number 3771 of 22/03/21.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

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