Heartbreak as family pay tribute to 'loving' boy, 9, killed in horror crash during day out


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A family has been left devastated after a nine-year-old boy was killed when a 4×4 overturned at an off-road adventure course on Saturday afternoon. Jack Allen died in the horror crash at Coney Green Farm 4×4 Offroad Site in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcs. A young girl also suffered injuries as a result of the crash, with an eye-witness describing it as a “freak accident”.

Jake was travelling in an off-road vehicle when the incident took place.

His family said: “We’re all completely devastated by the loss of our Jakey. He could seem serious and quiet at first, but then he would break out into the most beautiful smile, and with those close to him he was warm and chatty.

“Jakey enjoyed reading, drumming, gaming and playing football with his friends. He loved his dog, Bobby, and anything and everything to do with animals.”

Jake leaves behind his sister Lilli-Louise.

The family added: “He was such a kind, respectful and loving little boy. When he wasn’t making videos with his sister, he was always offering to help out around the house.

“He would often come out with random facts about birds or plants, we never knew where he got them from, but when we looked them up, he was always right.

“Lilli-Louise called him her ‘little teddy bear’ and said he was the ‘bestest little brother and he was fantastic at swimming and was always compared to a fish’. Lilli-Louise, along with the whole family, loves and misses him so very much.”

Emergency service were called to the off-road site at 4.45pm on Saturday. Police said no other vehicles were involved in the crash and the boy died at the scene. 

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It is understood that the boy was among a small private party of guests from outside the area. The driver was said to have been an accomplished off-road driver who knew the site “like the back of his hand”.

Roll-bars fitted to the off-road vehicle were said to have prevented an even greater tragedy.

But the site where the incident took place has previously been accused of safety shortcomings. In 2007, a man died at the 40-acre site which is used privately by 4×4 and motorbike groups. 

Adam Cluley, 16, had next-to-no driving experience when he took control of a powerful Land Rover Tomcat which hit a gully and flipped, killing passenger Andrew Cooper, 29. The site’s owner, Patricia Crump, was criticised by a coroner who said that no risk assessment had been carried out.

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A health and safety improvement notice was served on Mrs Crump, who was on holiday when tragedy struck on Saturday.

West Mercia Police is appealing for information. A spokesman said: “Around 4:45pm on Saturday we were called to reports of a single vehicle collision at Coney Green Farm, Stourport-on-Severn.

“Police attended alongside colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance service. An off-road vehicle had overturned and one passenger, a 9-year-old boy, died at the scene.

“The driver and three other passengers received non-life threatening injuries. Officers would like to hear from anyone with any relevant information.”


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