Second man dies in crash as tributes are paid to former soldier

Trooper Josh Powell, who was killed in a car crash.
Trooper Josh Powell, who was killed in a car crash.

Tributes have been paid to a soldier who was killed in a car crash as police confirmed his pal has also died from his injuries days after the accident.

Light Dragoons trooper Josh Powell, 18, died in the incident on Engine Lane, Barnsley, on Sunday.

A 25-year-old man, who has not yet been named, sustained life threatening injuries and died from his injuries at Barnsley General Hospital today, Wednesday.

The two men were travelling in a silver Peugeot 306 convertible on Engine Lane from the direction of Shafton, which left the road whilst negotiating a slight left-hand bend.

It is unclear who was driving the car but the two men are believed to have been the only occupants.

Josh’s family do not wish to release a statement and have asked to be left to grieve in private at this difficult time.

But tributes have been paid from his army colleagues.

Lt Col SJ Plant MBE, Commanding Officer of The Light Dragoons said: “It was with great sadness that we learnt of Trooper Powell’s untimely death in a RTA in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“He joined the Army in September 2011 and after completing Phase 2 training, he arrived at Robertson Barracks to join The Light Dragoons. He was a member of 1st Troop, C Squadron that was busy preparing to deploy to Canada later in the year.

“In the short time that he has spent with the regiment, he demonstrated real potential. He was engaging, enthusiastic and eager to learn. Equally, he was quick to establish a network of close friends and it was clear to me that he was a real team player.

“His death is felt deeply across the length and breadth of the regimental family but our pain is nothing compared to that of his family. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or the car’s movements prior to it leaving the road should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 218 of Sunday 19 May 2013.