UPDATE: Police ask for social media ‘restraint’ on fatal crash comments

School friends lay flowers at the scene of a fatal road crash on the A62 Geldard Road in Morley, which killed two teenagers.
School friends lay flowers at the scene of a fatal road crash on the A62 Geldard Road in Morley, which killed two teenagers.
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Police have asked social media users to show restraint after derogatory comments were posted about the driver of a car involved in a fatal crash.

George Wharton, 14 and Rhys Baker, 13, were fatally injured in the crash in Gelderd Road, Morley, on Saturday afternoon.

Their friends, Kameron Walters, 14, and Joshua Van Veen, 15, remained in hospital fighting for their lives last night (Sunday).

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old man, is in a serious but stable condition.

Superintendent Sam Millar, of Leeds District Police, said: “This has been an appallingly tragic incident and it is understandable that emotions will be running high.

“That said, we would ask people to think very carefully about the nature of any comments they make on social media in relation to this incident.

“A comprehensive police investigation is underway that will establish the full circumstances around the incident and ensure that any offences arising from it are appropriately dealt with.

“We would ask that people refrain from speculation and allow the investigation to take its course.

“We understand that people will be very upset about what has happened but we would also ask them to consider all of the families involved in this incident before they post comments which could add to the trauma they are going through at the moment.”