The heartbroken mum of a Sheffield teenager killed in a crash today begged a driver involved in the tragedy to come forward saying: “We just want answers.”
Police have revealed they are treating the crash in which 19-year-old Brad Byrne died as a ‘fail to stop collision’ after a BMW car fled the scene.
Brad, of Westland Grove, Westfield, died after the black Seat Leon he was driving collided with a white Renault van on the A57 in Beighton.
Inspector Steve Askham, from South Yorkshire Police’s Serious Collisions Unit, said witnesses had told police there was ‘a silver/grey 3 or 5 series BMW saloon or estate’ at the crash scene, which investigators have not traced.
Devastated mum Michelle today urged the driver to help the family gain closure. She said: “Myself and the family just want answers. I just want to know how Brad died.
“I keep asking myself, ‘Why did it happen?’ I want to know why this driver didn’t stop and help our Brad, why did they drive off?
“I’m asking why would they leave such a mess while other drivers stopped to try to help him.
“I’m urging this driver just to come forward whether involved or not. We are just desperate for answers. We don’t want to forget about Brad. If anyone knows anything please come forward.”
Brad’s girlfriend Gemma Evison, 19, was seriously injured in the crash but has now been released from hospital.
The van driver is still receiving treatment for serious injuries in hospital.
Insp Askham said: “Witnesses had mentioned the BMW being at the scene when the crash happened, just before or after.
“It has been consistently mentioned in a number of witness statements and we are very keen to speak to that driver to get their understanding of the circumstances that took place to clarify whether the vehicle is actually involved in the collision or was just present.”
The fatal collision happened around 800 metres from the junction with Rotherham Road, killing Brad and injuring girlfriend Gemma and the 41-year-old van driver.
Witnesses to the collision at around 11.20am on Friday, August 7, should call police on 101 quoting incident number 371 of 7 August 2015.