Family pay tribute to man who died following collision A4091

Friday, 14th June 2019

THE family of James O’Grady who died following a collision close to Tamworth on the 3 June 2019 have described him as ” loving son… and would have been a father with his partner who is expecting a baby boy in 3 weeks’ time.”

James Nicholas O’Grady was 21 years and sadly died after a collision while riding his motor scooter on the A4091 near Tamworth.

In a statement, his family said: James Nicholas O’Grady, 21 years of age, was involved in a major collision on the 3 June 2019 at 10.15 pm, and died on 5 June 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from his serious injuries.

“The family would like to extend their thanks to the first aiders from The Belfry who first arrived at the scene, to the paramedics and police who arrived after, and the Critical Care Hospital nurses and surgeons who worked tirelessly day and night to try and save his life, which unfortunately they couldn’t.

“We would also like to thank the police who closed the road on Sunday 9 June 2019, so that flowers and photos could be placed at the scene safely, on the A4091at the junction with Bodymoor Heath Lane

“Also, we would like to thank our Family Liaison Officer, PC Dave Findon who has been a great comfort to us all and helped us with difficult arrangements and keeping us fully informed every step of the way.  All the family and friends that have been involved with this have had nothing but praise for the police and most certainly this side of their job is very rarely seen by the public.

“James was a loving son, brother, nephew, great-nephew, grandson, and great-grandson and would have been a father with his partner who is expecting a baby boy in 3 weeks’ time. James has many friends and relations from all over the country who will be attending his funeral.

“His funeral will be held at Lichfield & District Crematorium, Fradley Lane, WS13 8RS on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 12.30 pm and afterwards a wake at The Belgrave Sports & Social Club, Wilnecote Lane, B77 2LF.

“Anybody attending his funeral has been asked NOT to wear a formal suit and black tie but to wear bright clothes and if you want to, you can wear a Liverpool shirt as James was a Liverpool supporter and Liverpool Football Club have donated memorabilia for the funeral and for his child to be.

“And finally, last but not least, our thanks to Rev Oliver Harrison who will be delivering the ceremony and we assume with some humour as most of you know he is a staunch Villa fan.

“Thank you from all the family.”

The collision occurred on the A4091 at the junction with Bodymoor Heath Lane and involved a Grey Ford Ranger and James’ Silver Yamaha Scooter.

A Just Giving page has now been created to help support the mother of his unborn baby, which is due in 4 weeks time at the beginning of July.

An emotional statement on the page reads: “My nephew James O’Grady was knocked off his scooter by a 4×4 late Monday night 3/6 and sadly died from his injuries in the early hours of Wednesday 5/6, he leaves behind a loving family, many friends and more importantly a partner and unborn son who is due early July.

“As you can understand everyone is devastated and shocked by this sad news, although money won’t bring him back or ease the pain we feel it will, however, help out his partner and towards the raising of their son in the early stages of his life, any donations would be greatly appreciated, thanks”

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the case can do so here.

The partner of James who is carrying their son told us: “I’ve lost my whole world, but I need to be strong for me to have our baby in 4 weeks”

At Tamworth Informed, our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time, and also with those of the Emergency Services who attended the scene.

Investigations are ongoing and police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information or dashcam footage that could help with their enquiries to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident 422 / 030619. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.