Teenager dies after crashing stolen car in Gosport

KILLED Josh Blade
KILLED Josh Blade
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A TEENAGER died after crashing a stolen car.

Josh Blade, 19, suffered fatal injuries after the black Vauxhall Astra he was driving crashed into a metal fence in Grange Road, Gosport, close to the Ministry of Defence Centurion Building.

The teenager was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital following the crash at 7am yesterday, but was pronounced dead at 8.25am.

Police taped off a large section of the road – from Carless Close to the Rowner Road roundabout – as crash investigators carried out an examination of the scene over several hours.

The black car was a mangled wreck and the metal fence by the road was twisted.

Police confirmed the Astra was stolen from an address in Rowner.

A 999 call came in reporting a stolen vehicle moments before the crash happened.

Police confirmed Josh was the only person in the car.

Josh’s mother lives in the Gosport area and was said to be devastated.

It is understood Josh had lived in the Reading area until recently.

Neighbours were shocked as they looked out over the wreckage yesterday.

Grange Road is 40mph, but residents said the road is notorious for speeding, although it is not clear yet whether speeding was a factor in the crash.

Simon Mallinson, 29, of Carless Close, said: ‘It’s quite shocking really – there’s nothing else you can say.

‘It’s not something you think happens on your doorstep.

‘This road is horrendous for people speeding – you wouldn’t cycle up it.

‘From the markings it looks like he mounted the pavement, went on to the grass verge and then come back down and ran into the fence. It’s a hell of a way to veer off.’

A 53-year-old local resident, who was walking her dog by the crash scene, said: ‘Police told us to look away and keep looking straight ahead.

‘He must have been driving pretty fast.

‘It’s terrible. It’s a waste of a life.’

Caroline Gamman, 53, said: ‘It looks pretty nasty.

‘I feel for his family.’

Mick Rocker, 60, of Howe Road, Rowner, said: ‘This was an accident waiting to happen.

‘I have seen lots of near-misses before.’

The wreckage was recovered yesterday afternoon.

Several messages saying Rest in Peace were left on Facebook and Twitter.

Lauren Marsden wrote: ‘RIP to the guy that lost his life in a car accident this morn. Sad start to the day.’

Hayley Thornhill wrote: ‘ How awful RIP the poor lad, thoughts with the family at this awful time.’

Julie Knight, a spokeswoman for Hampshire police, said: ‘I can confirm the vehicle was stolen shortly before the collision.

‘The circumstances surrounding that are still under investigation.

‘We are still appealing for witnesses.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101.