A CRASH at Draycott-in-the-Moors has claimed the lives of a young mother and her son. Rebecca Smith, 24, died on Friday – a day after attempts to save the life of her youngest son, Corey, aged just five, failed. Her older son, aged six, who was also in the silver BMW at the time of the collision, is in a stable condition at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Rebecca, who lived with her partner and their two children in Stoke-on-Trent, was originally from Cheadle.
The devastating crash happened at around 12.50pm on Thursday, August 16 in Uttoxeter Road between Blythe Bridge roundabout and Draycott Old Road, near to the junction with Stuart Avenue.
It’s unclear what happened, but police confirmed a silver BMW and a white Mercedes van had collided.
A passer-by attempted life-saving CPR to try and save Corey, but despite their efforts and the work of paramedics and doctors, the little boy passed away at Royal Stoke University Hospital a short time later.
Rebecca was also taken to the Royal Stoke. Her older son was airlifted to Sheffield.
The van driver – a man in his 40s – was treated for minor injuries.
Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board and a second BASICS doctor responded to the scene.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a van with a total of four patients involved; a driver and two passengers from the car and the van driver.
“A young boy from the car was in cardiac arrest and was already being given bystander CPR.
“Ambulance staff and the doctors worked as a team to deliver advanced trauma care to him at the scene.
“Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene and in A&E, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead a short time later.
“Crews assessed the second car passenger, a young boy, and due to his condition and the severity of the collision he was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder before being airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.”
Staffordshire and West Midlands Collision Investigation Unit launched an appeal for witnesses to the crash and asked motorists in the area at the time to check their dash-cam footage for information that might help establish what happened.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “The family continue to be supported by specially trained officers and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.
“Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses of the collision or anyone with dash-cam footage to contact 101, quoting incident number 332 of 16 August.
“We would like to remind the public not to speculate on social media with regards to the circumstances of the collision.”
It is understood the Corey had celebrated his fifth birthday on August 7 – less than 10 days before the crash.
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