Police have launched an investigation into an e-bike accident that killed a teenager yesterday.
Saul Cookson, 15, was killed when his electric bicycle crashed into a parked ambulance in Salford.
He was taken to the hospital around 2 p.m. and died a short time later. Traffic police pursued the youth until the pursuit was stopped by bollards.
An IOPC spokesman said: “We are independently investigating the circumstances of a serious incident.” [crash] with an e-bike and an ambulance in Salford on Thursday.
“The rider of the bike, a 15-year-old boy, was taken to the hospital where he sadly died.” Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones, and everyone affected by this tragedy.
Saul Cookson, 15, (pictured) was killed when his electric bike crashed into a parked ambulance in Salford
Saul died shortly after being admitted to hospital after being hit in the ambulance accident on Langworthy Road, Salford
The IOPC is investigating the incident and a cordon remained in place on Langworthy Road yesterday
Although he has not yet been officially named by GMP, Saul’s sister Taylor-Jade led the tributes on social media
Traffic cops had been trying to follow the boy since 2 p.m. but were prevented from doing so by bollards
“We were notified by Greater Manchester Police as a police vehicle had followed the e-bike shortly before the accident [crash]. We sent investigators to the crime scene [crash]at the junction of Langworthy Road and Lower Seedley Road, and to the police after the incident to begin gathering evidence.
“Our investigation is at a very early stage and we will provide further details as soon as we are able.”
The messages left at the scene read “Saul forever 15”, “Fly high my brother” and “rest to a fallen soldier”.
Although he has not yet been officially named by GMP, Saul’s sister Taylor-Jade led the tributes on social media.
Taylor-Jade wrote, “I really can’t believe I’m writing this.” Words fail me and I don’t know what to say.
A major rescue operation has been launched following the incident at Langworthy Road in Salford yesterday afternoon
The 15-year-old boy, who was riding an electric bike in Manchester, died when he crashed into a parked ambulance after being chased by police
Bouquets of flowers were left near a police cordon set up around the scene of the accident
“Just as crazy as it happened.” In an instant he was gone. He was way too young and shouldn’t have left at 15. He really was my best friend and brother at the same time. Although he annoyed me, we had the best memories and will never be forgotten.
“I am so proud to call you MY brother and you will always be in my thoughts and by my side.” Such a cruel world and how fast it happened. I was literally just talking to my mom and after all the good memories it suddenly happened and I wish we could have done more but they are all still in my heart. Rest easy, Saul.’
Saul’s devastated cousin, Jack Pennington, wrote: “Anyone who knew Saul knew that he was the nicest boy, who was kind-hearted, polite, and next to no tomorrow.”
“I can’t believe I’m writing this, no other word can describe it as shock.” Don’t feel real at all, one of the best guys you can meet and I feel lucky to have called you my cousin.
“I had some good times as a kid…I can’t believe it’s just that.” Shows what a cruel world we live in. I miss you forever my brother. I can’t say goodbye, just see you later, my mate, I love you. RIP Saul, my brother.’
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is leading the investigation into the crash.
A spokesman for GMP said: “Around 2pm on Thursday, GMP traffic officers began following a boy riding an electric bike down Fitzwarren Street in Salford to Lower Seedley Road.” Bollards prevented the police vehicle from following the E -Bike continue to follow.
“A short time later, a road traffic.” [crash] A crash occurred between the e-bike and an ambulance on Langworthy Road. Unfortunately, the 15-year-old boy who was riding the e-bike died.
“In accordance with normal procedure, the incident has been referred to the IOPC, which is now leading the investigation.
“A cordon remains in place on Langworthy Road.” “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy who tragically passed away.”