Families pay tribute to two teenagers who died in Oldbury collision

The two teenagers who died in a collision in Oldbury at the weekend, have today been named as their heartbroken families paid tribute to them.

Liberty Charris, aged 16, and 19-year-old Ben Corfield, were sadly pronounced dead at the scene on the A457 Oldbury Road on Sunday night.

Specialist liaison officers are offering support to both families who wish to be left to grieve in private, and as they do so, Police have asked that people do not speculate on social media about the circumstances of the collision or post footage, which is distressing for the families involved.

The investigation remains in its early days as officers, forensic experts and specialist teams are working hard to establish exactly what happened.

Liberty's family, today paid tribute to a 'beautiful baby girl and sister'. They said: 

"So loved by her family and friends, they were all so proud of the gorgeous young lady you were becoming. With your heart of gold, bright blue eyes and beaming smile, your aim in life was to make everyone happy, with your funny accents and loud laugh.

"From the moment you were born we were all so in love with you, you loved life and had an amazing future ahead of you. Our hearts are shattered into pieces. Shine bright up there our beautiful girl."

Ben's family said: "What can we say other than Ben was the light of our lives. He was a larger than life character with a huge heart that was made of gold. 

"Nothing will ever heal the massive hole in our lives – our hearts are broken forever. 

"We waited so long for Ben to come along and complete our family, and we feel privileged to have had him as our son and brother for the last 19 years. 

"Ben, we love you so very much, always and forever. Rest in eternal peace, our boy!"

It's understood that a blue Nissan Skyline hit a number of pedestrians who were gathered near to the junction with Crystal Drive at around 11:30pm. A man and woman in their 20s were also injured and taken to hospital where they remain in a stable condition.

A 54-year-old arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been questioned by investigators. He has been released on police bail and is continuing to assist officers with enquiries. Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

"Whilst our hearts and thoughts are with the families of these young people, our focus remains on establishing the full circumstances of the incident. Our investigations will be extensive and thorough and we’d like to thank everyone who has spoken to us and passed on information already.

“But we know there were a lot of people gathered in the area at the time and we’d ask anyone else with dashcam footage or any other witnesses to contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigating officers by email, via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk (between 8am and midnight) or by calling 101, quoting log number 3732 of 20 November.


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