Crash outside custom car event injures 17

Police appeal for witnesses

HERTFORDSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash last night in Stevenage involving two modified cars that left 17 injured, two seriously.

The collision occurred at roughly 9:45pm on July 18, along the Monkswood Way A-road that runs through the town.

Footage uploaded to social media shows a Toyota GT86 coupé exiting a junction onto the spectator-lined main road and being struck by a blue Nissan 350Z.

The Magpas Air Ambulance charity, which attended the scene of the accident, said five people (two men and two women in their 20s, and a young man in his teens) were treated at the scene by the Magpas Air Ambulance service, and are now being tended to for their injuries at a nearby hospital.

Hertfordshire Police say 17 people were hurt in the accident in total, with two being treated for serious injuries.

Chief Inspector Alicia Shaw said the police were not made aware of the event, which was organised by the Cruise-Herts modified car community club. According to a cached Facebook page the meet was meant to be a static display at the nearby The Range retail park, and was set up to raise money for a charity that supports parents dealing with child loss, miscarriages and stillbirths.

In a post on social media, Rix Sidhu, one of the group’s co-organisers, claimed he had “pleaded with everyone to not race week in week out, and also not to stand too close to the road because of this happening”.

Mr Sidhu echoed those comments when speaking to Sky News, saying “we try and stop [incidents like] that, we urge people — urge them on social media beforehand — not to go out on the roads, not to risk injury or anything”.

The event organiser also claimed the driver of the black Toyota GT86 wasn’t a member of the Cruise-Herts community, going on to say: “We don’t know the driver of the car that pulled out — he’s not part of the Cruise-Herts group, we don’t know who he is.”

Hertfordshire Police has asked anyone who witnessed the accident to email them at The force has also implored anyone who has any video footage of the crash to submit it to the same email address.