Man and woman dead after two separate Bath Road crashes in Cheltenham
TWO crashes in the space of two nights in Bath Road, Cheltenham, have left a 31-year-old man and 19-year-old woman dead.
On Friday night, a driver was killed after being thrown from his vehicle in a crash in Bath Road.
A dark BMW convertible and white Lexus were in collision at around 9.40pm, between the Bath Tavern and the turning to St Luke's Road.
The driver of the BMW sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where he died of his injuries early Saturday morning.
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He has not been named by police.
Paramedics also helped the two passengers in the BMW, together with the driver and the passenger of the Lexus.
They were taken to the same hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Just over 24 hours later, a 19-year-old pedestrian was in collision with a Skoda Superb private hire taxi outside the Moon Under Water pub.
The crash happened at around 12.40am yesterday.
The woman, from Gloucester, suffered serious head injuries in the crash.
Police officers administered CPR at the scene before she was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where she was then transferred to a specialist neurological ward in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.
A spokeswoman for the police said the woman passed away on Sunday.
After the fatal crash on Friday, seven junior doctors who live in flats nearby rushed out of their houses when they heard the collision, and helped with the paramedics' efforts.
One of them, Peter Dickens, 25, a junior doctor at Cheltenham General Hospital, said: "It was pretty horrific what happened.
"We heard it, there was a really loud crash and we were first on the scene. It happened right outside our house.
"We are all doctors in this house, and there are a few junior doctors living further down the road as well.
"We tried to help the victims, and we did our best to try and stabilise him [the BMW driver] and the passengers.
"The paramedics managed to get him into the ambulance and it all happened very quickly.
He added: "I guess our training did kick in when we saw or heard what happened."
Police officers closed off the two-way junction for about six hours after the first crash as they carried out investigations.
A white van belonging to Dave Leith, landlord of the Bath Tavern, was hit during the collision.
He said: "I wasn't here at the time of the crash, but I heard about it the next day.
"What a terrible thing to happen.
"There aren't many crashes here. Sometimes you hear about them further down the road by the traffic lights, but not here at all. It is a bit of a shock."
Harry Gabriel, 26, who lives in Bath Road, called an ambulance after hearing the crash on Friday night.
"I heard a massive screech then a really loud bang," Mr Gabriel said.
"I looked out and saw the wreckage and a man was just lying on the floor motionless."
Carolyn Betty, one of the managers at the Moon Under Water pub, said the staff members were left shaken after the incident in the early hours of yesterday morning.
She added: "From what I heard, our door staff went over to help after the crash.
"Police got here really quickly.
"There have not been many such incidents here – not that I can recall."
Police are appealing for eye witnesses to both collisions to come forward.
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 474 of September 13 and number 21 of September 15.