A devastated household have paid tribute to the ‘form, giving, clever, well-mannered’ teenager who died after a police chase led to a horror crash in south Manchester.
Ronaldo Johnson was the again seat passenger in a Ford Focus which collided with a taxi in Withington at round 3.45am on 31 March.
Quite a lot of individuals needed to be minimize free from the wreckage and brought to hospital.
The taxi driver suffered minor accidents and a passenger within the taxi was additionally significantly harm.
Ronaldo suffered life-threatening accidents and sadly died in hospital last Tuesday, 6 April.
He was simply 17-years-old.
In a strong assertion shared with the Manchester Night Information, his household say Ronaldo was a gifted athlete who had merely gone out with a pal and by no means made it dwelling.
Better Manchester Police allege the motive force of the Focus ran a purple mild close to Mauldeth Street West after which didn’t cease for officers.
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An investigation into the complete circustances of the crash is being led by the police watchdog, the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC).
It’s understood Ronaldo’s household insist he did nothing flawed and they’re calling for ‘justice’ to be served.
‘We is not going to bear in mind Ronaldo on this method’
“We’re heartbroken past phrases to say that our child brother, Ronaldo Johnson has been taken away from us,” they mentioned.
“Coming to phrases with dropping such a light-weight in our lives has been made all of the tougher by the information that he was taken from us far too quickly and in a brutal method. Ronaldo went out with a pal and by no means made it dwelling.
“As a backseat passenger of his pal’s automotive, Ronaldo sustained critical accidents after their drive led to a collision led to by a police pursuit. Combating for his life within the Intensive Care Unit, we remained hopeful as a household. However Ronaldo handed away six days later.
“We is not going to bear in mind Ronaldo on this method.
“We’ll bear in mind him because the loving son, brother, uncle and pal that he was to his mom, 5 siblings, eight nieces and nephews and numerous pals.
“We’ll bear in mind him because the gifted sportsman, all the time the star, whether or not it’s on the soccer pitch, the kickboxing ring or the gymnastics corridor.
“We, and most of Manchester, will bear in mind Ronaldo as the type, giving, clever, well-mannered younger man he was.
“The Chorlton, Clayton, Gorton, Moss Aspect, Trafford, Hulme, Didsbury, Withington and Cheetham Hill communities have all been affected by this loss.
“Members of all of those communities have come to us to say how devastated they’re to listen to of Ronaldo’s passing.
‘We wish justice for Ronaldo’
“Devastatingly, we can even have to recollect how he didn’t deserve this.
“There’s an investigation into Ronaldo’s dying by the IOPC and as a household we hope the police officer and the motive force of the automotive my brother was a passenger in are handled in accordance of the legislation.
“Ronaldo’s mom, a diligent NHS employee, shouldn’t need to undergo this. No mom ought to.
“We wish justice for Ronaldo, and we are going to proceed to recollect him because the shining star he was till that occurs, and lengthy after.”
One other passenger within the Ford Focus on the time of the crash – an 18-year-old man – stays in a criticial, however non life-threatening situation, police say.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of inflicting critical harm by harmful driving, failing to cease for the police and failing to cease after a street visitors collision.
He has been launched below investigation.
In an announcement issued on 31 March, Better Manchester Police mentioned officers had ‘noticed a suspicious car’ near Mauldeth Street West which then didn’t cease.
In an up to date assertion issued on 9 April, GMP mentioned the incident started when officers noticed the car ‘going by way of a purple mild’.
It’s understood numerous younger individuals gathered for a vigil to recollect Ronaldo, referred to as Ron to many, final Tuesday night in Chorlton.
At across the similar time, there was a stabbing incident close by on Barlow Moor Street which left a 16-year-old boy in hospital.
It’s understood Ronaldo’s household insist this incident was under no circumstances linked to the vigil and that, in actual fact, a few of these attending the vigil gave first help to the sufferer.
GMP haven’t confirmed the circumstances of the stabbing but said a ‘large volume of people’ were in the area at the time and appealed for witnesses to come forward.
GMP’s Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry mentioned: “Our ideas stay with the household of the boy who has sadly misplaced his life, and all these affected by this incident.
“We’re absolutely cooperating with the impartial investigation by the IOPC, and it’ll subsequently not be applicable to remark any additional presently.”