Wednesday 21 August 2019

Young brothers among five killed in horror crash after stolen car hit tree

A forensic officer at the scene where a stolen car crashed into a tree in Stonegate Road, Leeds. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A forensic officer at the scene where a stolen car crashed into a tree in Stonegate Road, Leeds. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Rachel Roberts

Two young brothers killed in a stolen car crash in Leeds have been named as Ellis and Elliott Thornton by relatives who said their death has left a “huge void in their lives.”

The boys’ godmother, Louise Thornton, described the two youngsters as “cheeky chappies” and said that no words were adequate to describe the loss felt by their devastated family.

The brothers are understood to have lived with their mother and two sisters.

A third victim, named as Darnell Harte, is believed to have been aged 15.

Police say they were confronted by a scene of “complete carnage” after a Renault Clio crashed into a tree in the Meanwood area of the city on Saturday night.

Two men aged 24 and 28 were also killed in the collision on Stonegate Road.

Only one vehicle was involved in the crash, police said, but officers are working to establish whether all the victims had been in the car.

Two of the three now named locally were pronounced dead at the scene and the third died a short time later in hospital.

Police at the scene where a stolen car crashed into a tree (left) in Stonegate Road, Leeds. West Yorkshire Police said five people were killed, including three children Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police at the scene where a stolen car crashed into a tree (left) in Stonegate Road, Leeds. West Yorkshire Police said five people were killed, including three children Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Two 15-year-old schoolboys have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody.

Writing on social media, a devastated girl understood to be the sister of the Thornton brothers, said: "I don’t really know what to say. Every time I go to speak I cry. My head and my body is full of pain.

"I wish I told you I love you everyday, I wish I didn’t shout, argue and fight with you, I wish you could just be with me right this second, I am so lost for words. I wish you were here.

"How can you be gone just like that in the flick of a switch? I love you with every piece of me, and always will."

Residents living on the road described hearing a "loud bang" when the crash happened at 9.45pm on Saturday night.

West Yorkshire Police have appealed to the public for information about the crash.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths said: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives. We are currently investigating the exact circumstances of what happened.

”I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who saw what happened or has information about it to call us on 101 quoting log 1859 of Saturday 26 November.“

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