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'He will be greatly missed' - Parents' heartbreak at death of son in crash

By Dayna Farrington | Cannock | News | Published:

The parents of a teenager who died in a crash in Wales have paid tribute to their ‘happy, kind, thoughtful and loving son’.

Ryan Craddock

Ryan John Craddock, aged 18, from Cannock, died on the A470 near Dolgellau on Sunday, at around 5.15pm.

The crash involved a Black Seat Ibiza and a heavy goods vehicle.

Mr Craddock, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers, who are also believed to be from the Cannock area, were taken to hospital in Stoke where they remain with serious injuries.

Mr Craddock’s parents said he was passionate about football and thanked passers-by who helped their son and his friends at the scene.

In a statement, they said: “We are devastated to announce the loss of our son.

"Ryan was a happy, kind, thoughtful and loving son, brother, uncle and grandson.

“Ryan worked as a labourer, however, his passion was football, and he had played for the Stafford Rangers Under 18s team before playing for the Tamworth Under 21s team.

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"Ryan enjoyed spending time with his family and socialising with his friends where they enjoyed visiting the beaches in North Wales.

“We would like to offer our thanks to those people that stopped at the scene to help Ryan and his friends.

"He will be greatly missed by us all and we respectfully ask for privacy to come to terms with our devastating loss.”

North Wales Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have seen the crash or the nature in which the vehicles were being driven prior to the crash.

Sergeant Meurig Jones of the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are looking for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information on the nature of the driving of the vehicles involved prior to the collision.”

Anyone with information can call North Wales Police on 101, quoting incident number W089548.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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