Mourners urged to act safely at road crash site
POLICE are urging mourners leaving floral tributes at the site of a Gower car crash to think of their safety — and that of other road users.
A mass of flowers and cards have been left near the spot where James Holder, 17, and 22-year-old Jonathan Knoedl died when the vehicle they were passengers in left the road and hit a tree near Llanrhidian Caravan Park.
But safety concerns have now been raised about people stopping their cars on the B4295 in order to pay their respects to the youngsters.
A spokesman for South Wales Police urged mourners to park safely nearby when visiting the site.
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He said: "In recent days many floral tributes and messages have been left at the scene. We want to remind those who wish to pay their respects to consider their own safety and that of other road users." Police are continuing to investigate the crash which claimed the life of James, from Swansea city centre, and Jonathan — known as Johnny — from Gowerton.
The pair were passengers in a VW Golf which left the road near the caravan park at around 7.50pm last Saturday.
The 25-year-old driver of the car and a third passenger, aged 21, were injured in the accident.
South Wales Police say the black Golf the four were travelling in was travelling towards Crofty when it left the road and hit a tree. No other vehicle was involved.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash — or anyone who saw the vehicle in the minutes before the incident — to come forward as they may hold vital clues.
Officers say they are particularly keen to hear from the occupants of two vehicles — a white vehicle described as "chunky" containing five females, and a black car — that are known to have left the queue of traffic that formed following the collision.
A police spokesman said: "The occupants of these vehicles are asked to contact police as they may have important information which could assist the investigation."
The family of James described him as a "likeable and friendly" teenager who was pursuing his dream of a career in animal husbandry, while the parents of Johnny said his three siblings had been left "devastated by the loss of their brother and best mate."
Can you help? Call South Wales Police's Western roads policing unit in Swansea on 01792 456999