THE girlfriend of a young driver killed in a car crash in Barnsley said his family have been left ‘devastated’ by his tragic death - as the victim was named as 22-year-old Ben Moore, from Lundwood.
Ben died when his blue Peugeot 306 hit a lamppost after veering off Industry Road on the Carlton Industrial Estate.
The accident happened 50 metres before the junction with St Anne’s Drive at around 10.25pm last Friday.
Ben suffered fatal injuries at the scene, while another four passengers were also hurt and needed to be cut from the wrecked vehicle.
A 17-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries, and a 16-year-old boy sustained a broken thigh and pelvis. Both are still being treated at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
A 19-year-old man received minor back injuries and is currently being treated at Barnsley District Hospital, and a 25-year-old woman received minor whiplash.
Speaking at the family home on Harold Avenue, Lundwood, Ben’s girlfriend - who didn’t want to be named - told The Star the family had been left grief-stricken by the young man’s death.
“We’re devastated, it’s very hard for us at the moment,” she said.
She added that she was too upset to comment further.
Two men, aged 19 and 21, both from Barnsley, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed pending further inquiries.
The accident is believed to have happened after the driver overtook a motor scooter, also a Peugeot, near a bend in the road. The rider was uninjured.
The incident has haunting echoes of another fatal smash with young victims which happened last year in South Yorkshire.
Michael Gallagher, 16, from Warmsworth in Doncaster, 15-year-old Tom Hughes, from Bessacarr, and Antonia Browne, aged 14, from Balby, died when a car they were travelling in came off the A630 in Warmsworth in January 2011.
Just a month earlier, 17-year-olds Jonathan Scott and Robert Tepper, and 16-year-old Lauren Birkett, died after the Corsa they were travelling in spun out of control into an oncoming car on Adwick Road, Mexborough.
Witnesses to the crash last Friday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1,401 of July 27.