Mother whose son, 17, was killed in horror car crash in Wales that saw four ... trends now

Mother whose son, 17, was killed in horror car crash in Wales that saw four ... trends now
Mother whose son, 17, was killed in horror car crash in Wales that saw four ... trends now

Mother whose son, 17, was killed in horror car crash in Wales that saw four ... trends now

The mother of a teenager who was killed in a horror crash in Wales has called for tougher rules on young drivers, as the AA has branded it a 'national crisis'.

Crystal Owen's son Harvey, from Shrewsbury, was just 17 when he was found alongside his friends Jevon Hirst, 16, Wilf Fitchett, 17, and Hugo Morris, 18, in their crashed silver Ford Fiesta near Snowdonia National Park in November last year.

The boys' silver hatchback is thought to have veered off the A4085 in wet and windy conditions in Garreg before overturning. 

They were reported missing to the police and their bodies were found the next day inside the vehicle, which was partially submerged in water.

Now, Ms Owen has backed the AA's campaign for a 'graduated learning' scheme which would give younger drivers the chance to build up experience on rural roads, and in all weather conditions, before they take their test. 

This would also prevent young drivers from carrying passengers for up to six months after passing their test.

Harvey Owen (pictured) was found alongside his friends Jevon Hirst, 16, Wilf Fitchett, 17, and Hugo Morris, 18, in their crashed silver Ford Fiesta near Snowdonia National Park in November last year

Harvey Owen (pictured) was found alongside his friends Jevon Hirst, 16, Wilf Fitchett, 17, and Hugo Morris, 18, in their crashed silver Ford Fiesta near Snowdonia National Park in November last year

Crystal Owen (pictured) speaks on BBC Breakfast this morning to call for tougher rules on young drivers

Crystal Owen (pictured) speaks on BBC Breakfast this morning to call for tougher rules on young drivers 

Flowers and tributes left at Garrett village war memorial for the students who died

Flowers and tributes left at Garrett village war memorial for the students who died

Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, she said: 'People say it's restrictive. How more restrictive can you get? 

'My 17-year-old son's life has been restricted forever. His physical self, all that remains of him now is an urn full of ashes. How many more lives can be taken before the government does anything?'

She went on to say that people assume with young drivers that they're 'doing something wrong, but sometimes they could be within the speed limit but they're not used to the conditions on the roads.

'It's just protecting them in the most crucial stage when they're most likely to crash,' she added. 

Ms Owen was joined by the

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