POLICE have pleaded with social network gossip mongers not to speculate about the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of a 17-year-old rider in a crash in Burton.
Staffordshire Police made the request to users of sites such as Facebook and Twitter not to share details about the incident which happened in Grafton Road, Stapenhill, on Sunday night. They want officers to be able to conduct investigations without interference.
Officers confirmed to the Mail that the victim was a 17-year-old from the Burton area. He was named locally as Bradley Lloyd (pictured above).
A spokesman for the force said: “The police investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing. Although the teenager who died has yet to be formally identified, we can confirm he was aged 17 and from the Burton area.
“We would ask that specific details of the collision, including speculation about what happened and who was involved, are not shared on social media sites while our work is ongoing.
“We will issue a further update when we are in a position to do so.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service revealed that the crash happened at around 8.15pm.
An ambulance, a paramedic support officer, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.
A spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who had crashed into a lamppost while riding a moped.
“He had suffered significant head and chest injuries in the incident and, although advanced life support was carried out by medics, unfortunately nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
The road remained closed for several hours afterwards while specialist collision investigators undertook a detailed and forensic examination of the scene.
A spokesman for the force added: “Police are aware that there will be a significant number of witnesses who officers are keen to speak to about the incident, as reports indicate a number of residents where in the streets at the time of the incident due to the fine weather.
“Specially trained officers are working to support and inform the young man’s family at this very difficult time.”
This incident came only hours after a 40-year-old died in a crash on the B5017 between Six Lane Ends and Five Lane Ends near Draycott-in-the-Clay.
The driver of the blue VW Golf convertible, from Rocester, was pronounced dead at the scene but he has yet to be identified.
The force are now looking to trace a silver car and a dark coloured car travelling along the road at around 4.30pm.
Anyone with information on either incident is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101.