Teenage girl who died in a car crash which inured three others is named by police
Teenage girl who died in a car crash in Westbury is named by police, who warn mourners paying their respects to ‘bear in mind Covid restrictions’ in strict statement
- A 19-year-old passenger who died in crash named as Bethany Ovenden Gumm
- The male driver, 19, taken to hospital following incident in Westbury, Wiltshire
- Two remaining passengers taken to Southmead and Royal United Hospitals
Published: 13:06, 6 February 2021 | Updated: 19:06, 6 February 2021
A 19-year-old girl who died after a car she was a passenger in lost control and hit a garden wall and a tree has been named by police.
The teenager was one of four people travelling inside the Ford Fiesta when it crashed in Westbury, Wiltshire, at around 11.40pm yesterday.
Wiltshire Police confirmed the victim was Bethany Ovenden Gumm, 18, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, a 19-year-old man, was seriously injured and taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
The two remaining passengers, two women aged 17 and 18, sustained significant injuries.
Bethany Ovenden Gumm, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash in Westbury, Wiltshire, last night
The local teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver, a 19-year-old man, is seriously injured
Inspector Andrew Lemon said: “Firstly I would like to start by offering my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Beth.
“We completely understand how devastating this must be on those affected by this tragic incident and of course understand people want to come together at the scene to pay their respects and comfort each other.
“We want to make sure this is done safely and that we don’t exacerbate the situation by spreading the virus, so please try to bear in mind Covid restrictions and social distancing.
“We know this is a difficult and distressing time but we want people to try and remember social distancing to keep everyone safe, the last thing we want is for friends and family to become ill in the coming days.
“We’d like to thank the community of Westbury for their support at this time and ask that the privacy of the family is respected.”
The two remaining passengers, women aged 17 and 18, sustained injuries and were taken to different hospitals
The road was closed for several hours and reopened shortly before 10am but police investigation continues.
An earlier statement from Wiltshire Police said: ‘The vehicle appears to have lost control, left the road and collided with a garden wall and tree.
‘At the time of the collision the Ford contained four occupants.’
The road was closed for several hours and reopened shortly before 10am but police investigation continues
The teenager was one of four passengers in the car which was being driven by a 19-year-old male driver
If you have any information regarding the collision, please call 101 and quote log number 347 of February 5.
Emergency service vehicles remained at the scene early this morning.
A large hole can be seen in a fence panel which appears to belong to a house which backs on to the road.
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