Car crash tragedy

(Friday, September 24) POLICE are continuing to investigate the cause of the car crash which claimed the lives of three young men from Stone.

Ashley Stolp, 17, Richard Ladyman, 20 and Richard Friday, 22, who were all close friends, died when the grey Ford Fiesta they were travelling in collided with a tree on the A418 between Haddenham and Stone at 3am on Saturday morning.

At the time of going to press the condition of the fourth occupant of the car, 19-year-old Damien Montague, was critical but stable in Stoke Mandeville Hospital's intensive care unit.

A sea of flowers now marks the spot where members of the public and firefighters tried to free the men from the wreckage in a ditch at the side of the road.

Firefighter Andy Ford, a sub officer at Thame Fire Station, was one of the first from the emergency services on the scene.

He paid tribute to members of the public who stopped to help, explaining that all four men could have died had passers-by not intervened.

"On our arrival the ambulance was already in attendance. Two persons were already out of the vehicle.

"As far as I know they were pulled free by members of the public. You have to admire that because they were in a traumatic situation and these people gave the lads the best chance possible."

Two of the men died at the scene and two were taken to hospital where one died very shortly afterwards.

Police closed the road at various times during the weekend while accident investigators examined the scene.

Anyone with any information that could help police with their inquiries is urged to contact Sergeant Steve Capper of the Aylesbury roads policing department on 08458 505 505.