One of Hemsworth quad bike crash victims was pupil at Featherstone school

Flowers at the scene of the Quad Bike crash at Sprockhoevel Way, Hemsworth..28th September 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Flowers at the scene of the Quad Bike crash at Sprockhoevel Way, Hemsworth..28th September 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

One of four friends killed in a horrific quad bike crash near Hemsworth was a student at St Wilfrid’s catholic High School in Featherstone.

Brandon Brown, 20, died along with three of his friends, Terrie Kirby, 16, Ryan Beal, 20, and Alexandra Binns, 18, when their quad bike was hit from behind by a Nissan 350Z on the A6201 between Upton and Hemsworth at around 12.30am on Sunday.

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown

Three died at the scene while one of the men died in hospital from his injuries. All of the victims are believed to be from the Upton area.

Two men, aged 21 and 22, who were in the car were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

A spokesman at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School confirmed Mr Brown was a pupil there.

Police said the Nissan was travelling towards Hemsworth on the A6201 when it was in “collision with the rear of the quad bike”.

Det Chf Insp Richard Holmes, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, renewed a police appeal for witnesses when he spoke at a press conference at the scene of the tragedy on Tuesday.

He said: “A number of witnesses have told police that a short time before the collision, the Nissan 350Z was seen parked up nearby, along with a number of other cars. Police urgently need to speak to any occupants of those cars.

“We also now know from witnesses that the quad bike was in and around Hemsworth town centre about an hour before the collision and also ask any witnesses who may have seen it to come forward.

“Officers are continuing their meticulous enquiries at the scene and it is vital that we speak to anyone who may be able to provide information, no matter how small. This is a tragedy for the families of those involved and a huge shock to the whole community.”

Anyone with any information should contact West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.