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Tributes paid to teen crash victim Ant Rogers

Worcester Editorial 27th May, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A TEENAGER killed in a horrific crash has been described as a “funny lad” and someone who “led by example”.

Ant Rogers died when a black Peugeot 206 he was a passenger in left the road and hit a post in Bilford Road just before 2.30am on Sunday (May 25).

Paramedics battled to save the 19-year-old, who had suffered a cardiac arrest following the collision near Worcester Recycling Centre, but he died at the scene.

The driver, a 20-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drink or drugs but was released on police bail the following day while inquiries continue.

Two rear seat passengers, a teenage girl and boy, were also treated at the scene by ambulance staff. The boy suffered a suspected broken wrist and ankle, while the girl suffered no apparent injuries.

The driver was also assessed by ambulance staff but did not need hospital treatment.

Bilford Road closed for more than five hours while investigations took place and the wreckage was cleared.

Friends of Mr Rogers, a former Chantry High School pupil from Hallow, also took to social media websites to pay tribute to the football-mad teen.

On Twitter @AMillbery wrote: “RIP Ant Rogers who died today. He captained my football team at Oldbury Park Tigers for years. A solid and reliable individual who led by example.”

@BethyFlower posted: “So sorry to hear about Ant Rogers. He was such a funny lad. Thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Meanwhile @nickylittlefair wrote: “RIP Ant Rogers. Yet another life taken to soon. Such a shame 🙁 Thoughts are with you and your family.”

A Facebook group has also been set up encouraging people to come along to Hallow Playing Fields on Monday, June 2 at 9pm to remember Mr Rogers.

Abbey Fletcher who set up the page said: “I want to light up the sky with lanterns as Ant lit up a lot of people’s lives when he was around.

“Bring your lanterns or candles in memory of Ant Rogers.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident. Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

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