An 18-year-old man died in hospital after a horror car crash that killed three people left him fighting for his life.
Nathan Cartwright, 18, was in the front seat of a yellow Skoda Fabia that plowed a tree in Kingswinford, near Dudley, on Tuesday evening.
The West Midlands Ambulance Service took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital major trauma center with fatal injuries, but he tragically lost his fight for life on Saturday.
Mr Cartwright is the fourth person to die in the crash after driver Joshua Parkes, 21, Lucy Tibbetts, 16, and another 16-year-old girl – whose family does not want her name released – have were declared dead at the scene.
A fifth passenger, Isobel Ramsell, also 16, is in critical condition in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Nathan Cartwright, 18, died in hospital after horror car crash that killed three people left him fighting for his life
He is the fourth person to die in the crash after driver Joshua Parkes, 21, (left) Lucy Tibbetts, 16, (right) and another 16-year-old girl – whose family doesn’t want his name be released – were spoken. death at the scene
A police car was nearby when the crash happened, but West Midlands Police have so far been unable to say whether they are pursuing the Fabia.
An air ambulance, intensive care cars, three paramedics, an emergency doctor and six ambulances were dispatched to the scene after the yellow Skoda Fabia crashed into Bromley Lane around 8:50 p.m.
A West Midlands Police vehicle spotted the car shortly before the crash, but said it was not clear whether a chase had taken place.
A fifth passenger, Isobel Ramsell, also 16, is in critical condition in hospital with life-threatening injuries
Police open an investigation after four of five Skoda Fabia passengers were killed when their car crashed into a tree
Mr Parkes (pictured) – the driver of the car – was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services
The deceased was among five people traveling in a yellow Skoda Fabia which crashed into Bromley Lane in the Kingswinford area of Dudley at around 8.50 p.m. Tuesday.
Paying tribute to Miss Tibbetts earlier this week, her mother said: ‘Our beautiful baby has been taken from us.
“You were an inspiration Lulu, you made us smile when you found it so difficult to …
“Rest in peace, no one can hurt you now.”
Miss Tibbetts recently posted on social media about her joy at passing her GCSE exams, writing: ‘The most nervous day of my life but we broke it and I couldn’t be prouder of my best friend. Forward and up. ‘
Friends told on Wednesday how Mr Parkes left the road, overtaking another car before plowing the tree ‘at 90 mph’.
Neighbors described how they ran away from their homes to perform CPR on the girls after they were thrown from the wreckage.
A friend, who was laying flowers at the scene, said last week: ‘I know the deceased Lucy and Nathan who was in the passenger seat.
“Nathan is in Birmingham hospital with a bleeding brain. He is operated on because he also has a damaged spine.
A police car is towed away from the scene of the accident last night. West Midlands Police said: ‘it is not known whether there was any interaction with the Skoda’ by police
‘He [Josh] was going over 90 mph and coming up behind another car.
He passed it and on returning to the lane, he lost control and entered the tree.
“I don’t know why they were going so fast. I have no idea.
“Lucy has never hurt anyone. She was a lovely girl.
‘She had started a new job and was fixing her life, but now she has lost it.
“She had done some accounting in college and started an apprenticeship.
‘She struggled with anxiety and the other girls would give her a hard time because they were jealous of her pretty. ”
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘I was in the laundry room and at the back of my house and even then it looked like a bomb.
“ There was that almighty thunderclap and we ran out and spotted this completely mangled car.
Driver Mr Parkes reportedly put his Skoda sale up for sale on Facebook days before fatal crash
“ There was hardly any left – it still makes my back shiver at the thought of it.
“I just knew people would have lost their lives because of the condition of the wreck. The girls were thrown on the road. It was just awful. ”
Another inhabitant of the suburban road said he heard the crash and looked out the window to see the yellow Skoda ‘wrapped’ around the tree.
The force first said officers saw the vehicle moments before the crash but did not speak with the occupants or pursue the car.
A later statement suggests rather that ‘It is not known whether there has been any interaction with the Skoda ‘on the part of the police, and this will now be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Emergency services rushed to the scene where three of the car’s occupants were pronounced dead. A teenager and a teenager also in the car are in critical condition in hospital
Mr. Parkes, the driver, offered his Skoda for sale or trade-in last Friday, it was later learned.
On his Facebook account, he posted a photo of the vehicle with the message: “Cash swaps / offers? Message for more details ”.
In response to a friend on why he was selling the car so soon, he responded with a ‘police car’ emoji.
The friend also asked him if it was him that he was trying to follow recently until he turned on a red light. Mr. Parkes replied, “Probably.
A spokeswoman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘Teams arrived at the scene to find that a car had struck a tree, with five patients involved.
‘Unfortunately it soon became clear that nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Despite staff’s best efforts, two teenage girls who were rear passengers of the vehicle were also confirmed to be dead at the scene.
“Our hearts go out to the families of everyone involved at this time.
Floral tributes were today left at the crash scene where investigators worked through the night to clear the road and collect evidence.
Floral tributes were left today at the crash scene where investigators worked through the night to clear the road and collect evidence.
Sgt Dean Caswell said: ‘I urge anyone who saw the Skoda driving in the area last night, or perhaps captured anything on dash cam footage, to contact us as soon as possible ”
A Go Fund Me page was set up by Miss Tibbetts’ sister, Kaya, and has so far raised over £ 4,900 for her funeral arrangements and a memorial bench.
A fundraiser has also been set up to raise money for Josh’s funeral arrangements – with a goal of £ 3,000.
PC Chris Ridge of the Force’s Collision Investigation Unit previously said: ‘This is a devastating time for the families of those involved, and we have specially trained officers supporting them in this hard time.
“The loss of these young lives is shocking and deeply moving for everyone involved. All families want their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
“ We are still working on a number of lines of inquiry as we try to understand what happened and why.
“ Anyone who saw the Skoda driving in the area last night, or who may have captured something on dash cam footage, is welcome to contact us as soon as possible. ”