THE driver of a white van believed to have been in the area around the time of Ellis Haarhoff’s fatal motorcycle crash in Quinton could be a key witness in the police's investigation.

Officers are keen to speak to the driver after Ellis hit a tree while riding the motorbike in Wolverhampton Road last Sunday (September 9).

The 18-year-old was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with serious injuries but sadly died the following morning.

West Midlands’ traffic police are still working to establish the circumstances of the collision that took place around 11.45pm and want to trace the driver of the white van who may have information which can assist their enquiries.

It is believed to have turned into Hagley Road towards Quinton.

PC Mark Crozier, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of Ellis at this devastating time.

“We are determined to find out exactly what occurred in the build up to the bike hitting the tree.

“From our enquiries we understand a white van was in the area at the time and we need the driver to speak to us about what they saw.”

Following Ellis’ death, a statement from his family said: “The love we have for Ellis in our hearts will never fade. He is loved by many and will always be our beautiful boy.”

Anyone with information which could help the police investigation should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting log number 2845 of 09/09/18.

Alternatively contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at between 8am to midnight.