Teen boys killed in horror crash named as families pay tribute to 'beautiful souls'

(L-R) Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones and Morgan Jones
-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)

The loved ones of two teenage boys have paid tribute to them following a fatal crash in Staffordshire. Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones, 18, and Morgan Jones, 17, both died in a collision on Cannock Road in Penkridge on Saturday, May 25.

Two 17-year-old girls were also hurt in the crash and remain in hospital with one in critical condition, police have said. Dafydd Hûw, of Tanyfron in Wrexham, was "helping" his friend at the time of the crash, his devastated family has said.

They added that he was a "beautiful soul, a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson and family member to all that knew him." A statement from his family continued: "Dafydd was the kindest loving person you could wish to meet, he had his special ways and was different to anyone else.

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"Everyone loved him, the baby of the family. Daf would do anything for anyone, albeit moan if he had to tidy his bedroom. He loved his friends more than life itself, and disastrously, this led to his early departure from this world whilst helping a friend on this dreadful night.

"We can take solace that Dafydd would always go out of his way to help his friends. We just want to thank his friends for all the wonderful messages and memories they have shared of him and that his short life was filled with lots of love and happiness.

"We ask that our privacy is respected at this sad time. But we thank everyone for their kind messages of support."

Morgan, who was from Coedpoeth in Wrexham, has been described as a keen sportsman by his devastated loved ones. He had secured a place at an agricultural college and was "loved by everybody."

His family said: "Our loving son and grandson, Morgan, was a kind caring and loving young man who we were so proud of. He was an outdoor person who excelled in rugby, cricket, horse riding and show jumping.

"He will be sadly missed by all his rugby, cricket and equestrian family and his family and friends. He was passionate about farming and had secured a place at an agricultural college.

"He was a very popular young man and was loved by everybody. You will be forever missed, Mum, Dad, Taid and Aunt."

Staffordshire Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision. A spokesperson for the force said: "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. Two 17-year-old girls are still in hospital, one in a critical condition.

"Family liaison officers are continuing to support their families at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy is respected. 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 us using Live Chat on our website."