A teenage footballer who died in a car crash in Lincolnshire at the weekend has been named as Grimsby Town youth player Cameron Walsh. The 16-year-old was in a crash that also claimed the life of his dad, Dave Walsh, who was aged 40, in Tetney on Saturday.
Their vehicle, a Mercedes 300, went off the road and into a waterway. The car became submerged in water parallel with Tetney Lock Road and emergency services were called to the incident.
Lincolnshire Police said the car crash was reported at 1.33pm and water rescue crews, police and East Midlands Ambulance Service staff all attended the incident. Sadly, both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Grimsby have been left “devastated” by the news while amateur team Cleethorpes Town also paid tribute to Dave, who they said was “a popular footballer in the area”.
A Grimsby club statement said on Monday night: “It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that Grimsby Town Football Club announces the untimely passing of one of our cherished youth team members, Cameron Walsh, aged 16, and his father Dave. The tragic incident occurred on Saturday, 6th January.
“Cameron Walsh was an integral part of the GTFC academy. His passion for the game, coupled with his undeniable talent, made him a much-loved figure among teammates, coaches, and the entire Grimsby Town family.
“The Club is devastated by this heart-breaking loss and extends its deepest condolences to the family during this incredibly difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate through the pain and grief that comes with such a tragedy.
“The club appreciates the outpouring of support from the football community and urges everyone to remember Cameron and Dave. We will pay tribute to Cameron and Dave at our game vs Notts County on Saturday (further details to follow).
“We understand that a Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the family and we will communicate details of this, once confirmed.”
Cleethorpes Town said in their statement: “Dave was a popular footballer in the area, having played for the Owls at the beginning of our journey and then taking on the management of his son Cameron’s side having many, many happy times.
“Cameron was a super talented young player who began his career at the Owls before going onto to establish himself at Grimsby Town’s academy and most recently played in the FA Cup Youth Cup win over Nottingham Forest, Cameron was also our lead mascot on that famous day at Wembley leading the side out – forever a huge part of our history.”
A police spokesperson said: “We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle driving prior to the incident and captured it on dashcam or has footage of the collision itself.
“Please check footage from the Laceby crossroads at Laceby, Grimsby, and the surrounding roads leading to the Tetney Lock Road area between 12.30pm and 1.33pm.
“At this stage it is not believed there were any other vehicles involved but we are keeping an open mind as the investigation progresses.”
Anyone able to help is being asked to call 01522 212316 and quote incident 190 of 6 January. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Incident 190 of 6 January” in the subject line.