Pictured: Boy, 14, killed when a 'stolen' Fiat 500 he was driving crashed during a police chase

Daily Mail Online 1 month ago
Tributes have been left to 14-year-old Leo Gradwell who was believed to have been behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 which hit two cars Ashton Road in Golborne, Wigan, on Friday afternoon.
Tributes have been left to 14-year-old Leo Gradwell who was believed to have been behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 which hit two cars Ashton Road in Golborne, Wigan, on Friday afternoon.

A teenager who died after a 'stolen' Fiat 500 crashed while being chased by police has been named locally as Leo Gradwell.

The 14-year-old was believed to have been driving the Fiat 500 when it hit two other cars on Ashton Road in Golborne, Wigan, on Friday afternoon.

Leo's picture has been left at the scene today alongside balloons spelling out his name and messages from his siblings.

His sister said: 'Leo I love you so much. I'll always think of you and you'll never be forgotten. Lots of love your baby sister Casey Moo.'

Dozens of friends have also paid tribute to him on social media.

One friend wrote: 'Yesterday and last night honestly was the hardest.

'To wake up at 4.20 to check my phone for any news and to see Leo's passed just an hour before was literally the worst pain I could of ever felt. 

Not only did he help me through everything but he was the strongest, most kindhearted lad I ever knew, still can't wrap my head around what's happened, all this from some silly mistake they made. 

Balloons and tributes have been tied to a lamp post at the scene of the crash on Ashton Road in Golborne, Wigan
Balloons and tributes have been tied to a lamp post at the scene of the crash on Ashton Road in Golborne, Wigan

'My heart really does go out to his family.

'RIP Leo Gradwell, will miss you so much.'

Another widely shared message on Facebook reads: 'Let's turn Facebook bright and beautiful for LEO! R.I.P LEO GRADWELL FLY HIGH'.

Leo was taken to hospital, but sadly passed away in the early hours of Saturday.

'Most kindhearted lad': People took to social media to also share tributes to Leo who passed away in the early hours yesterday morning
'Most kindhearted lad': People took to social media to also share tributes to Leo who passed away in the early hours yesterday morning 

Two other boys in the car were also injured in the crash.

One of them, a 14-year-old, suffered minor injuries and has since been discharged.

Today police said a 15-year-old remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police say the chase began when the Fiat 500 failed to stop for police on Warrington Road in Abram at around 1.25pm.

The crash is thought to have taken place close to a bend on the 40mph road near a farmer's field and a row of bungalows.

One balloon reads: 'Rest in peace Leo. Gone but never forgotten. Love you loads' which was tied near the scene of the crash
One balloon reads: 'Rest in peace Leo. Gone but never forgotten. Love you loads' which was tied near the scene of the crash 
His sister said: 'Leo I love you so much. I'll always think of you and you'll never be forgotten. Lots of love your baby sister Casey Moo'
His sister said: 'Leo I love you so much. I'll always think of you and you'll never be forgotten. Lots of love your baby sister Casey Moo' 

In a statement yesterday Sgt Jon McColl, of GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: 'First and foremost, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the boy who passed away this morning.

'The Serious Collision Investigation Unit is continuing with enquiries so that the full circumstances surrounding the collision can be established.'

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct by GMP's Professional Standards Branch.

A spokesman for the Office said: 'We have made initial contact with the boy's family to explain our involvement and express our condolences.'

'Anyone who witnessed events leading up to the collision is asked to contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9070 or Email: witness@policeconduct.gov.uk.'  

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