Police name two teens who died in Sheffield road collision

Scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road
Scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road

The two teenagers who died in a Sheffield road collision yesterday have been formally named as Liam Parkin and Joshua Fothergill by police today.

It is believed both of them attended Winterhill School in Rotherham.

A police spokesman said: “Joshua Fothergill, 19, from Rotherham, was inside the Astra and died at the scene. Liam Parkin, 19, from Sheffield, was inside the Peugeot and also died at the scene.”

Several bouquets of flowers have been tied to a lamppost near to where the collision took place near The Railway Hotel at around 1am on Saturday.

One note pinned to a bunch read: “To my son and a brother. Fly high baby. RIP, missing you already, You will always be in our hearts, from all your family.”

Another read: “Josh, gone but not forgotten.”

Police yesterday confirmed that Joshua was inside a black Vauxhall Astra and Liam was inside a blue Peugeot 206 at the time of the collision.

Three other men inside the Peugeot – a 24-year-old from Rotherham, an 18-year-old from Rotherham and a 21-year-old man - were injured and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Two of them have now been discharged.

Police have not yet said who was driving either car.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision. He has now been bailed.

Star readers have also expressed their sympathies.

Susan Wallis wrote on Facebook: “Thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.”

And Patricia White said: “It is terrible, such tragic news.”

One nearby resident said there had been several collisions on the road.

She said: “It is quite dangerous, it is because there are no lights, it’s something to do with the roadworks but there are no lights whatsoever.”

The road was closed but has now reopened.

Police are now appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle before the collision to get in touch.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 82 of December 20.