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Teenager fighting for life after crash that killed four of his relatives

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Victims of the crash and the mangled car they travelled in.
Four victims of the crash died at the scene in Kent (Picture: UKNIP)

Four people killed in a fatal Kent car crash were from the same family and rushing to watch a major boxing match, reports say.  

One teenager survived the horror accident in foggy conditions but his relatives, aged 18 to 44, died at the scene, leaving behind a young baby and a pregnant wife.

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Jonny Cash, 44; his son Johnboy Cash, 19; Miles ‘Smiler’ Cash, 22; and Jacko Cosgrove, 18, have been named in reports as the four victims.

Jacko is said to have just found out his wife is pregnant, while Johnboy welcomed a child six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Jerry Cash, 15, has been fighting for his life in hospital ever since the crash in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the group are thought to have been headed to a viewing of Tyson Fury’s fight against Deontay Wilder.

They appear to have veered off a narrow country road and smashed into trees.

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Images of the crushed truck show it severely mangled following the collision.

Jerry Cash.
Jerry Cash, 15, was the only survivor and is in hospital (Picture: UKNIP)
Johnboy Cash (left) and his dad Jonny Cash died in the crash.
Johnboy Cash (left) and his dad Jonny Cash died in the crash (Picture: UKNIP)

The incident, which happened on Lenham Road, has sparked an outpouring of grief from family members.

One handwritten note photographed at the scene reads: ‘To my baby, I love you so much and your baby Bridie loves you too.’

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It is thought to have been left by Johnboy’s wife Grace Cash, and reference their new baby.

A relative at the crash site told the Sun: ‘It was a big shock for all of us. Johnboy had a six-week-old baby. Jacko just found out his wife was having a little kid as well.

‘They were lovely, lovely men and we’ll miss them everyday.

4 members of family killed in crash on their way home to watch Tyson Fury fight
Jacko Cosgrove had just found out that his wife is pregnant (Picture: UKNIP)
4 members of family killed in crash on their way home to watch Tyson Fury fight
Miles Cash died along with his father and brother (Picture: UKNIP)

‘I found out about an hour after it happened. I couldn’t stop crying. I thought it was a bad dream.’

Mary Cash, mum to two of the boys who died and wife of Jonny, paid tribute to her lost family members, the Mirror reported.

‘Last night my lovely husband and two sons, along with two nephews, went out to watch the Tyson Fury match, like a thousand times they went out before,’ she wrote.

‘Only this time they didn’t come home to us.

‘Yesterday I was the richest woman in the world, I had everything a woman could only dream of. And today I am the poorest woman in the world.

The Toyota Hilux pick up truck that ploughed into a number of trees.
The truck the family were travelling in was badly mangled (Picture: UKNIP)
A tree with carvings of an initial and a floral tribute.
The initials JC were carved into a tree next to a floral tribute (Picture: UKNIP)

‘My lovely husband and two beautiful babies are gone, just like that, in a blink of an eye my whole world is completely upside down.

‘I’ll never know what I did so wrong in life for god to do this to me.’

One relative made an online plea for help to support teenage survivor Jerry, saying: ‘Please ask everyone you know to pray for this young boy. He is the only one out of five who survived the car accident. This little boy needs healing from God right now.’

Post-mortem examinations were set to be carried out on Monday to determine the cause of the four men’s deaths.

A spokesman for Kent Police, which is investigating the crash, said: ‘Kent Police was called at 12.54am on Sunday 10 October 2021 following the collision in Lenham Road which involved a bronze Toyota Hilux.

‘Officers attended along with South East Coast Ambulance Service and four people aged 18, 19, 25 and 44 years old, who were inside the vehicle, were declared deceased at the scene.

‘A 15-year-old boy, who was also a passenger, was taken to a London hospital with life threatening injuries.

‘Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) is investigating the circumstances and officers are appealing for any witnesses to get in contact.’

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has CCTV, mobile phone or dash camera footage is asked to call the force on 01622 798538, quoting  reference SM/LB/114/21.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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