Police hope photo will jog witnesses’ memory

The vehicle involved in the incident.
The vehicle involved in the incident.
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POLICE have issued a new appeal for witnesses in a fatal crash in Cramlington last weekend.

Officers have released a photograph of the car 19-year-old Karl Reay had been driving in the hope it will help jog the memories of those travelling north on the A189 near the Shankhouse junction just before 5pm on Saturday.

It has been five days since the incident which saw the gold Renault Clio leave the road, causing fatal injuries to Karl, from Whitley Bay, and injuring his 18-year-old girlfriend Megan Wealleans.

Acting Inspector Dave Gould, of Northumbria Police’s operations command, said: “Witnesses are still sought to this incident during which the only vehicle to remain at the scene afterwards was the Renault Clio.

“It is known that at the time of this incident there were other vehicles around and the occupants have yet to come forward.”

Megan, the front seat passenger at the time of the accident, was rushed to Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital for treatment, but her injuries were said not to be life-threatening and she was allowed to go home.

After the incident, a spokesman for Karl’s mother, father and two sisters said the loss of their son and brother was “a tragic event that should never have happened”.

“He is a lovely lad who is full of energy and he will be sorely missed,” they added.

In a joint statement, Megan said she loved Karl and the 13 months together were “the best times of my life”.

Megan’s family added that they were very proud to have known Karl.

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 and ask for the motor patrols department, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.