Tributes paid to dad-to-be who died after crash near Aston Villa training ground

Written by on June 6, 2019

A motorcyclist has died after a crash near Aston Villa’s training ground – just weeks before he was due to become a dad.

James O’Grady suffered serious injuries  when his Yamaha scooter collided with a Ford Ranger in Bodymoor Heath Lane  on Monday (June 3). 

The 21-year-old – who would have become a father next month – came off his bike at around 10.15pm at the junction of the A4091.

He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but sadly died on Wednesday morning (June 5) – reports Birmingham Live.

Now his family has paid tribute to James, who was from Tamworth, and released an appeal to help his pregnant partner, Emma Marie.

GoFundMe page  has been set up by James’ uncle to help support Emma Marie and their unborn child.

Tributes have been paid to James O’Grady (Image: Crowdfunding Appeal page)
In the  CrowdFunding appeal,  Brett O’Grady wrote: “My nephew James O’Grady was knocked off his scooter by a 4×4 late Monday night 3/6 and sadly died from his injuries in the early hours of Wednesday 5/6.

“He leaves behind a loving family, many friends and more importantly a partner and unborn son who is due early July.

“As you can understand everyone is devastated and shocked by this sad news.

 
“Although money won’t bring him back or ease the pain we feel it will however help out his partner Emma and towards the raising of their son in the early stages of his life.

“Any donations would be greatly appreciated, thanks.”

A total of £540 towards the £5,000 target had been donated by Thursday afternoon.

Heartbroken friends also paid tribute to a “lovely lad” as they chipped in to the fund.

The junction of Bodymoor Heath Lane and the A4091 where a 21-year-old scooter rider was killed near the Aston Villa training ground (Image: Googlle Maps)
Nathan Djhotstep said: “RIP James, such a lovely kiddie.”

While Jade McNeill wrote: “RIP James such a shock you were a lovely lad. My thoughts go to all the family sending my love.

“Rest in Paradise James ❤.”

Meanwhile, Warwickshire Police is still urging anyone with information or dashcam footage to come forward.

A force statement read: “We are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision at approximately 10.15pm on Monday 3 June 2019 in Sutton Coldfield.

“The collision occurred on the A4091 at the junction with Bodymoor Heath Lane, Sutton Coldfield  and involved a Grey Ford Ranger and a Silver Yamaha Scooter. “

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio Newsdesk via Staffordshire Live Headlines

From: https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/tributes-paid-dad-who-died-2950370


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