Parents’ ‘awful’ discovery of son after crash

James Roberts
James Roberts

A teenager who was killed when his car plunged into a water-filled ditch on his way home from work was found by his parents.

The couple made the harrowing discovery after James Roberts, 18, of Haven Bank, New York was involved in a crash on Friday, October 4.

The dad-of-one was pronounced dead at the scene after the Rover 214 he had been driving was found upside down in a drainage channel near his home.

He leaves behind a daughter aged about 18 months.

The car was found off Hurnbridge Road at about 8.30am that day by his parents, Peter and Stella.

They had begun to search for James after he failed to return to his girlfriend’s home in Coningsby the previous evening and police had been unable to locate him.

Recalling the horrific discovery, Mr Roberts, 50, said: “I climbed down to the vehicle. I had to smash a window to get in and James was upside down in his seat with his head under water.”

He added: “It was awful. Immediately afterwards, it seemed, the emergency services arrived, but obviously it was too late. They had to lift the car out and cut James out.”

He added: “He had been dead since the night before. I think he had gone off the road about six or seven o’clock at night.”

James lived at home with his parents but was planning to move in with his girlfriend.

He worked at an insurance firm in Werrington near Peterborough and had grown up in Bourne and attended college there before the family moved in 2009.

Mr Roberts said James was enjoying being a dad to Lily and despite his relative youth, had taken to fatherhood with great maturity.

He said: “He was full of joy with his daughter. He was being a real man, living up to his responsibilities and providing for her. He was caring and had a dry sense of humour.”

James also leaves behind a sister Elena, 24, and brother David, 22.

Mr Roberts said: “It’s an awful time for us at the moment. It’s just a terrible loss. It’s like a part of us has died as well.”

Police are urging anyone who saw the white Rover 214 on the night og October 3 to call 01522 558855 and quote incident 80 of October 4.