Talented teenage footballer killed in lorry crash

A talented young footballer has died in an horrific road crash. Ryan John Craddock, aged 18 and from Cannock , played for Stafford Rangers under-18s before playing for Tamworth FC’s under-21s. He died in a crash involving a Seat Ibiza and a lorry in North Wales just after 5.15pm on Sunday, July 1.

Mr Craddock was pronounced dead at the scene and two passengers from the car were also seriously hurt and taken to hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

Ryan Craddock.

Parent’s tribute

In a statement, his parents said football was his “passion”. They said: “We are devastated to announce the loss of our son Ryan. “Ryan was a happy, kind, thoughtful and loving son, brother, uncle and grandson.

“He worked as a labourer, however his passion was football. “Ryan enjoyed spending time with his family and socialising with his friends where they enjoyed visiting the beaches in North Wales. “We would like to offer our thanks to those people that stopped at the scene to help Ryan and his friends.

“He will be greatly missed by us all and we respectfully ask for privacy to come to terms with our devastating loss.”

The crash

The crash happened on the A470, near Dolgellau. North Wales Police appealed for witnesses and for anyone who may have seen either vehicle being driven before the crash to come forward. Sgt Meurig Jones, of the force’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “The collision occurred at around 5.15pm whereby the black Seat Ibiza was travelling south on the A470 away from Dolgellau and the HGV was travelling north on the A470 towards Dolgellau.

“We are looking for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information on the nature of the driving of the vehicles involved prior to the collision. “If you have any information, please contact North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident number W089538.”

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