Worcester death crash driver released as police appeal for witnesses

Floral tributes at the scene of the tragic crash, in Bilford Road, Worcester, yesterday

Ant Rogers is believed to have been killed in the crash, in the early hours of Sunday morning

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THE 20-year-old man arrested in connection with a car crash that killed a Worcester man has been released from custody.

Police confirmed the man, who was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drink or drugs, had been released on police bail as they continued their inquiries into the crash in Bilford Road that left 20-year-old Ant Rogers dead.

They also appealed for witnesses to the incident, which happened shortly before 2.30am near the junction of the Worcester Recycling Centre in Bilford Road.

Force duty inspector James Ashton said anyone who may have seen anything of the people or the vehicle, a black Peugeot 206, before the fatal crash should come forward.

Since the accident tributes have been paid to Mr Rogers, who is believed to be from Hallow but was living in Worcester.

The former Chantry High School pupil was praised for his footballing skills, and many said how much they would miss him.

On Twitter one user @AMillbery, wrote: “RIP Ant Rogers, who died today. He Captained my football team at @OPTFCTigers for years: a solid and reliable individual who led by example.”

Another person @BethyFlower posted: “So sorry to hear about Ant Rogers. He was such a funny lad. Thoughts are with his family and friends.”

And @nickylittlefair said: “RIP Ant Rogers, yet another life taken to soon. Such a shame :( Thoughts are with you and your family.”

On your Worcester News Facebook page people also left tributes.

Ed Scott commented: “RIP Ant such a waste. Our thought with your lovely family.”

Gemma Mann said: “R.i.p ant top bloke and a good friend to many.”

And Richard Leighfield posted: “So tragic. Fond memories of teaching him and his passion for football. Thoughts and prayers with the family especially your sister and brother x.”

The tragic incident happened after the car left the road and collided with a bollard on Bilford Road, which was then closed until 7.54am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service arrived to find Mr Rogers in cardiac arrest but sadly were unable to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Alongside Mr Rogers in the car were two other passengers in the rear of the car, one male and one female, and the driver, a male, aged 20.

The passengers were treated by ambulance staff with the female suffering no apparent injuries and the male sustaining a suspected wrist and ankle fractures. The driver did not require hospital treatment.

The male passenger has since been on Twitter and is believed to have undergone two operations yesterday.

He is thought to have a broken jaw, a broken arm and a damaged foot.

On Sunday he posted: “I have to say this ANT ROGERS I love you mate! To see what I did its broken me I love you brother!! This should never have happened” going on to thank well wishers for their messages of support.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the police on 101 and quote reference number 79S-25-05-14.


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