Teenager dies in weekend of road crashes
By Western Daily Press | Monday, August 26, 2013, 05:00
A teenager died, a woman and another teenager were left fighting for their lives and two other people are being treated in hospital following weekend road crashes in Somerset and Dorset.
The teenager who died was named by police as Callum David Denman, aged 17. He was a passenger in a silver Peugeot car which was travelling along Camp Road, West Coker, near Yeovil, when it left the road, mounted a wall and hedge and hit a tree before landing in a field shortly before 3am yesterday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 17-year-old driver was critically ill in Yeovil Hospital last night.
Firefighters cut the two from the wreckage. Police have appealed for witnesses and said: "He was much-loved by everyone and will never be forgotten."
Anyone with information should ring the collision investigation unit on 101.
The woman who suffered life-threatening injuries was a passenger in a Land Rover Discovery which overturned several times while towing a caravan on the A35 at Askerswell in Dorset, on Saturday afternoon. She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.
She is a 48-year-old from the Poole area. The driver of the Land Rover, a 52-year-old man, also from the Poole area, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester.
An 11-year-old boy who was also a passenger in the vehicle escaped injury. Crews from Dorset Fire and Rescue freed one of the casualties from the wreckage of the Land Rover.
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should contact PC Gareth Blaken on 101.
In the third incident, two men were taken to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, following a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on the A37 at Wraxall Cross, near Ditcheat, Somerset, at 8.28pm on Saturday. One is understood to have suffered a head injury and the other a fractured wrist.
Meanwhile, the family of a 20-year-old petrol station supervisor who died when his car hit a tree have paid tribute to a hard-working and popular role model.
Miroslav Herzyk, also known as Mirek, from Southmead, Bristol, died on his way to work after he lost control of his black BMW on the A4 Portway on Friday.
The young man, who was born in Poland but has lived in Bristol for eight years, was said to be late for work and was seen overtaking a lorry at high speed before the collision. The stretch of the Portway where the incident happened had been resurfaced the previous day and, it is understood that it was due to be swept of loose gravel on the day of the accident.
His step-father, Zygumunt Wrobel, said: "He was a very well-liked person with a lot of good friends. When everyone found out our house was flooded with people offering condolences. He was also popular at work, where they closed the garage in respect on the day of the crash."