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01st Jul 2018

Four young men killed in Leeds Uber crash named

Police are appealing for more information

Oli Dugmore

The accident took place in the early hours of Saturday morning

Four men killed in a crash between their car and an Uber in Leeds have been named locally as Declan Grove, 19, Matty Walshaw, 18, Brandon Frew, 18 and Caelan Megson, 21.

Police have not officially identified the victims but a wave of tributes on Facebook and at the scene of the crash have named the men.

The four young men were travelling with two teenage girls in a grey Seat Leon that collided head-on with a Seat Alahambra Uber taxi at 2.40am on Saturday June 30. Both the taxi driver and the young girls have been hospitalised with serious injuries.

One of the girls remains in a critical condition and the other’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

The driver of the Alhambra, a 42-year of man from Bradford, was taken to hospital with injuries that are serious but are not considered life threatening.

West Yorkshire police said the group may have been travelling at speed when the crash took place, as they drove towards Weetwood on the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road. The Uber was travelling in the opposite direction.

Police are appealing for more information about the accident and for witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Fiona Hoodless, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “This is a very tragic incident where four young men have lost their lives and three other people are in hospital with serious injuries.

“The families of those involved are devastated by what has happened and we are doing everything we can to support them at this very difficult time.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and that investigation is still at a very early stage. Early indications are that the Leon was travelling at speed at the time of the collision.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision itself or saw the circumstances leading up to it. We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw the grey Seat Leon being driven in the area at any point prior to the collision, particularly anyone with dashcam footage that could assist the investigation.”

Chief Inspector Richard Padwell, of Leeds District Police, said: “The deaths of four young people in these circumstances is clearly very tragic and our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected by it.

“We don’t underestimate the impact that the deaths of these young people will be having in the community and we would ask that people focus on supporting each other and supporting the police investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting log number 266 of Saturday, June 30