Survivor of Penkridge horror crash pays heartbreaking tribute to her three friends who died

Tributes left at the scene of the fatal crash
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A 17-year-old girl who was the only survivor of a horror crash in Staffordshire has paid tribute to her three friends who tragically died. Brooke Varley was a rear seat passenger in the Ford Ka when the collision took place on Cannock Road in Penkridge on Saturday, May 25.

Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones, 18, and Morgan Jones, 17, both from Wrexham, were pronounced dead at the scene. Sophie Bates, 17, from Stafford, who was also a rear seat passenger, died in hospital on Tuesday night, May 28.

Brooke, from Newport in Shropshire, was rushed to hospital after the collision. She has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

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The teenager has now bravely made a tribute to her friends. She said: "I wanted to write a tribute for my three friends Sophie, Morgan and Daf. I am so upset to have lost such amazing people from my life.

"Sophie was the kindest person who lived her life to the fullest. She is my inspiration to get better and do everything she didn’t get a chance to do. She will forever be in my heart.

(L-R) Sophie Bates, Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones and Morgan Jones
(L-R) Sophie Bates, Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones and Morgan Jones -Credit:Staffordshire Police

"Morgan was one of the funniest people I know. He was always respectful, kind and sweet. He always looked out for me.

"Daf had a kind soul and loved his friends. I’m thinking of their families at this sad time and everyone who is affected by this tragic incident."

Staffordshire Police were called to the scene just before midnight on Saturday and arrived a short time later. The force's investigation into the fatal collision is continuing and officers are still appealing for information.

A spokesperson for the force added: "The families are being supported by specially-trained officers at this tragic time and ask that their privacy is respected. We’d like to thank everyone who has left messages of support for the families involved and to those who are continuing to support with the collision investigation."

If you witnessed the collision or have any information about the car leading up to what happened, you can get in touch by emailing, calling 101 quoting incident number 813 of 25 May, or by messaging us using Live Chat on our website.

Anyone who may have seen the collision, or the vehicle prior to the collision, is asked to email, call 101 quoting incident number 813 of 25 May, or message Staffordshire Police using Live Chat on its website.