POLICE are hunting key witnesses to a horror road smash which killed teenager Isobelle Woodall and left three others badly injured.
In the second serious collision in little over a month on Central Park Way, a Ford Focus ST – which was overtaking another car – ploughed head on into a black Peugeot 206 at around 9.15pm on Sunday.
Nineteen-year-old Isobelle from the Shropshire area, who was travelling as a passenger in the Peugeot, was fatally injured and pronouced dead at the scene.
The 27-year-old male driver of the Peugeot from Greater Manchester sustained serious head injuries and is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
The 38-year-old Ford Focus driver, who is from Wigan, was initially arrested at the scene before being allowed to be treated in hospital for serious injuries to his arm and body, including a fractured pelvis.
He was travelling with a 27-year-old woman who also suffered a fractured pelvis and remains in a serious condition in hospital.
We believe that just prior to the incident, the driver of the Ford Focus ST attempted to overtake another car described as an ‘old style’ Ford Fiesta and we are very keen to speak to the driver of that car and take an account of what happened.PC Paul Hailwood
Police are particularly keen to speak to the occupants of the car that the Focus was attempting to overtake. They initially stopped at the scene but left prior to police attendance.
There is no suggestion that driver did anything wrong but traffic officers need their account of events. The car is described as an “old type” Ford Fiesta.
Debris was scattered over a wide area and the road was sealed off for several hours as investigators studied the scene.
The crash is the second of a serious nature on Central Park Way in recent weeks, a biker having been left fighting for his life after a collision with a car on July 14.
PC Paul Hailwood of the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of the young woman who tragically died as a result of this collision. We have got specially trained officers providing them with support at this heart-breaking time.
“We believe that just prior to the incident, the driver of the Ford Focus ST attempted to overtake another car described as an ‘old style’ Ford Fiesta and we are very keen to speak to the driver of that car and take an account of what happened.
“I would like to stress that we do not believe them to have done anything wrong, we would just like to speak to them to assist with our enquiries.
“We would also like to appeal for any other witnesses to the incident to come forward and help us establish exactly what happened in the build-up to this tragic incident.”
Anybody with information should contact the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.