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9 March 2015, 05:41
Police appealing for witnesses after two teenage boys died and two others were left in a life threatening condition after a road traffic collision in Leeds on Saturday afternoon have released photos of all four.
The two boys aged 13 and 14 and both from the Leeds area died after the road traffic collision on the A62 Gelderd Road, Morley at 1.50pm.
The two boys who died have been named as George Wharton, 14 and Rhys Baker, 13.
Two boys remain in hospital in a critical condition as a result of the collision – they have been named as Kameron Walters, 14 and 15-year-old Joshua Van Veen.
Superintendent Sam Millar of Leeds Police, said:
'This is a terrible tragedy for two young boys who had their whole lives ahead of them.
'Specially trained officers are currently investigating the exact circumstances of the incident and helping the families in what is a terrible time for them.
'The two boys were from the local area and attended the Bruntcliffe Secondary School and Morley Academy and we are also supporting the schools at this difficult time.
'It is thought that a 21-year-old man picked the four boys up from their homes. We are appealing for any witnesses to how the car - a blue coloured Peugeot - was being driven before the incident. We believe the car over took another vehicle at speed and then collided with a tree on Gelderd Road near to the Finning premises. The car was being driven in the direction of Gildersome at the time.
'The driver remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. We are appealing for any witnesses to the specific incident but also the movements and behaviour of the car during the rest of the day. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle at the Tesco Express store in Churwell.
'I would also like to praise a number of members of the public who stopped at the scene of the incident and helped in what ever way they could.'
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Major Collision and Enquiry Team on 101.