Appeal to trace lorry driver following fatal collision

Issued 13 June 2017
 
Officers investigating a fatal collision on the M18 motorway last month have released CCTV images of a distinctive lorry they are trying to trace, as they believe the driver could be a witness to the incident.

At around 7.30pm on Saturday 13 May, 17-year-old Gheorghe Ciuca suffered fatal injuries when the black BMW he was travelling in as a passenger was involved in an incident on the M18 motorway.

The BMW is believed to have been travelling towards Doncaster when, between junctions one and two, it left the carriageway. Gheorghe was thrown from the car and sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have released two CCTV images of a lorry (below) they believe may have witnessed the collision and are urging for the driver to make contact.

Shortly prior to the BMW leaving the motorway, it is understood that a red Vauxhall Astra swerved onto the hard shoulder close to the lorry.

Two men have previously been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They were released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Are you the driver of the lorry pictured? Did you witness the collision and are yet to come forward?

Police are also keen to hear from anyone who might have dash-cam footage.

Please call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 989 of 13 May 2017. 

 
Lorry driver sought following fatal collision M18
 
 
 
 
 
Issued 18 May 2017 
 
The teenage boy, who sadly died in a collision on the M18 last weekend, has today been named as Gheorghe Ciuca.   
 
17-year-old Gheorghe, from Oldham, was a passenger in a black BMW involved in the collision at about 7.30pm on Saturday 13 May.   
 
The BMW is said to have been travelling towards Doncaster from junction one when it left the carriageway, ending up on its roof. 
 
Gheorghe was thrown from the car and subsequently collided with a blue Citroen Picasso, travelling in the same direction. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
His family have released this photo of him and have asked for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time for them. 
 
Two men travelling in the car, aged 18 and 19, suffered minor injuries.
 
Officers remain keen to hear from anyone who saw the BMW prior to the collision as well as the driver of a blue articulated lorry with a yellow roof, who they believe may have seen what happened. 
 
If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 889 of 13 May 2017 
 

 

Did you see fatal M18 collision?

Officers are asking witnesses to come forward following a collision on the M18 on Saturday evening (13 May), in which a 17-year-old boy died.

At about 7.30pm, a black BMW, travelling along the M18 towards Doncaster from junction one, reportedly left the carriageway and ended up on its roof.

A 17-year-old boy from Oldham, who is believed to have been a passenger, was thrown from the car as a result of the collision and subsequently collided with a blue Citroen Picasso, travelling in the same direction. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers during this incredibly difficult time.

Two men travelling in the car, aged 18 and 19, suffered minor injuries.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the BMW prior to the collision and believe the driver of a blue articulated lorry with a yellow roof may have witnessed the collision.

If you saw what happened, or have dashcam footage of the incident, please call 101 quoting incident number 989 of 13 May 2017.

The two men from the BMW who suffered minor injuries were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and have been released under investigation.