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Pupil from £40,000 a year Ellesmere College among two boys and a girl killed after their car hit a tree, with another friend still in hospital

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A pupil from a £40,000 a year private school is among three teenagers who died after their car crashed into a tree, while a fourth friend remains in hospital. 

The fatal collision in Penkridge, Staffordshire, occured on Saturday. Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones, 18, and Morgan Jones, 17, were killed on Saturday night while a third unnamed 17-year-old girl died in hospital on Tuesday. 

Staffordshire Police said another 17-year-old girl remains in a ‘stable condition’ in hospital. 

A welsh flag has been left on Cannock Road where the tragic crash happened in memory of Dafydd and Morgan who were both from Wrexham.

Dafydd was a student at Ellesmere College – an exclusive private school in Shropshire where fees can cost up to £40,635. 

Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones was killed in a car crash in Staffordshire over the weekend. Paying tribute to their son, Dafydd's family said he was a 'beautiful soul, a wonderful son'

Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones was killed in a car crash in Staffordshire over the weekend. Paying tribute to their son, Dafydd’s family said he was a ‘beautiful soul, a wonderful son’ 

Morgan's family described him as a 'kind caring and loving young man' who excelled at sports and was passionate about farming

Morgan’s family described him as a ‘kind caring and loving young man’ who excelled at sports and was passionate about farming

Dafydd was a student at Ellesmere College - an exclusive private school in Shropshire. On social media the acting headteacher of the school said they 'were immensely saddened to hear of the tragic death'

Dafydd was a student at Ellesmere College – an exclusive private school in Shropshire. On social media the acting headteacher of the school said they ‘were immensely saddened to hear of the tragic death’

In a statement on social media, the school’s acting headteacher, Vicky Pritt-Roberts, paid tribute to Dafydd. 

She said: ‘The staff, students, parents and governors from Ellesmere College are shocked an immensely saddened to hear of the tragic death of our year 13 student, Dafydd Craven-Jones.

‘He was a well-known and well-respected member of the school community. His great enthusiasm and caring and considerate nature towards his friends made him a very special person and he will be greatly missed by all.’   

Paying tribute to their son, Dafydd’s family said he was a ‘beautiful soul, a wonderful son’ and revealed he had been helping his friend at the time of the crash. 

Morgan’s family described him as a ‘kind caring and loving young man’ who excelled at sports and was passionate about farming. 

Following the death of the third victim, in a statement Staffordshire Police said: ‘Her family are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy is respected.

‘We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision. The teenagers were travelling on the Cannock Road, Penkridge, in a Ford Ka. We were called just before midnight to reports of a collision and we arrived a short time later.’

Anyone who may have seen the collision, or the vehicle prior to the collision, can email ciu@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk, call 101 quoting incident number 813 of 25 May, or message Staffordshire Police using the Live Chat on its website.



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