Horror crash victim identified by shoes

OFF LIFE SUPPORT: Josh Bladen.

OFF LIFE SUPPORT: Josh Bladen.

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Shocked pal sees victim’s trainers by CHANCE...and alerts family

Times EXCLUSIVE

A TEEN road smash victim was identified only by his shoes at the scene of the crash.

The family of Josh Bladen, 17, of Bly Road, Darfield, raced to his side at hospital, after George Marshall spotted his friend’s shoes by chance, and alerted them.

They then spent anxious hours by the teenager until he regained consciousness.

George, 19, of Darfield, was walking home along Doncaster Road from Ardsley Park - a regular weekend haunt for teens - about two hours after his pal at 5am on July 2, when he made the grim discovery.

Passing the crash scene that was cordoned off, he saw the trainers, although Josh had by then been taken to hospital.

He identified the trainers to police as belonging to his pal, before going to break the news to Josh’s family. At 6am, George’s mum Debbie drove Josh’s mum, also Debbie, straight through to Barnsley District General Hospital.

Josh had been admitted to the intensive care unit with serious head and other injuries, and was connected to a life-support machine.

The family then faced hours of waiting as the poorly teenager was given tests, X-rays and scans.

His sister Hannah Jarvis was alone with him when doctors agreed to wake him and him off the life support. She said: “It was horrendous - he had no clue where he was”.

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