Tributes from families to two ‘kind and caring’ Welsh teenagers who died in Penkridge crash

Ellesmere College student Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones, 18, from Tanyfron; and Morgan Jones, 17, from Coedpoeth, both in Wrexham, died after the Ford Ka they were traveling in crashed into a tree on Cannock Road on Saturday, May 25.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before midnight and sadly two teenagers, the driver and front passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two 17-year-old girls who were also traveling in the car remain in hospital, one of them in critical condition.

Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones

Dafydd Hûw’s family said today: “He was a beautiful soul, a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson and family member to all who knew him.

“Dafydd was the kindest and most caring person you could ever wish to meet, he had his special ways and was unlike anyone else.

“Everyone loved him, the baby of the family.

“Daf would do anything for anyone, even if he complained if he had to tidy up his bedroom. He loved his friends more than life itself and, disastrously, this led to his early departure from this world as he helped a friend on this terrible night.

“We can take solace in the fact that Dafydd would always do his best 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 so much love and happiness.

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

Morgan Jones

Morgan’s family said: “Our beloved son and grandson, Morgan, was a kind, caring and loving young man of whom we were very proud. He was an outdoorsman and excelled at rugby, cricket, horse riding and show jumping.

“He will be sadly missed by his entire rugby, cricket and equestrian family, as well as his family and friends.

“He was passionate about farming and had secured a place at an agricultural school. He was a very popular young man and everyone loved him.

“We will miss you forever, Mom, Dad, Taid and Auntie.”

Mrs Vicky Pritt-Roberts, Acting Principal of Ellesmere College, said: “The staff, students, parents and governors of Ellesmere College are shocked and immensely saddened to learn of the tragic death of our Year 13 student, Dafydd Craven. -Jones.

“He was a well-known and respected member of the school community. His great enthusiasm and caring and thoughtful nature towards his friends made him a very special person and he will be greatly missed by all.

“We would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to all his family and friends at this very sad time.

“Dafydd first joined Ellesmere in 2017 in Year 7. Throughout, he regularly represented the college in sports such as rugby, football and cricket. He was a keen sportsman who thrived in competitive situations. He had excellent team skills In fact, this was one of his particular qualities and he always led from the front.

“As a weekly intern, Dafydd was committed to all aspects of school life and the wider school community. Recently, he was actively involved in supporting the training of some of the college’s youngest pupils, keen to pass on their knowledge .and more importantly, generous with his time.

“He had recently traveled on the school rugby tour to Argentina and had just completed his BTEC Sports Certificate. He was very focused on a career in the RAF and planned to join after completing his sixth form.

“He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.”

In the days since, floral tributes and a Welsh flag have been left at the crash site.

Tributes at the accident site

Staffordshire Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash while family liaison officers support the children’s families.

Anyone who saw the collision, or the vehicle before the collision, can email [email protected], call 101 quoting incident number 813 of 25 May or send a message via live chat on the force website.