Pals of four young men who died when their car crashed into a house leave note telling them to 'keep partying'
PALS of four young men who died when their car crashed into a house have left a note telling them to “keep partying”.
Corey Owen, Ryan Nelson, Jordan Rawlings and Matthew Parke died when the car they were in exploded following the impact at 3am on Sunday.
Their friends have paid tribute at the scene by leaving cans of beer, Pot Noodles, football shirts and framed pictures of the four.
One note is addressed to “Jord, Corey, Matt and Ryan” — with sunflowers bearing their initials.
Another letter reads: “You will forever be in my thoughts and I’ll never forget your smiley faces. You were amazing people to work with and all filled with joy.
“Keep partying up there guys. I’ll always look up and think of you.”
Wiltshire Police are still investigating what caused the crash, but said the car smashed into the side of a house and then caught fire. All four men were killed at the scene. Neighbours told how the crash sounded like a “bomb going off”.
Retired builder Peter Connolly woke up and rushed out with his wife to see what had happened.
He said he tried desperately to rescue the victims trapped inside the blazing car. The motor, on its side just feet from the front door of the Connollys’ brick-built lodge, had spun out of control seconds earlier as it drove along the A4 road in Derry Hill, near Chippenham, Wilts.
Mr Connolly, in his early 70s, said: “I’d gone up to bed just after 2am because I was watching the TV downstairs. I’d just nodded off when there was a sound like a bomb. It made the whole house rattle and shake. I was sleeping just four feet from where the car struck.”
The force blew out the glass in his bedroom window and the sitting room window below.
The impact of the car slamming into the 19th century house was so strong it caused Mr Connolly’s wrist watch to stop at the exact moment.
Neighbour Ada Walker, a 59-year-old civil servant, said of the heroic rescue efforts: “The men were inside, unable to free themselves.
“But Peter was being beaten back by the intensity of the heat from the burning vehicle and they couldn’t get close enough to get them out. It is heartbreaking.
“They did everything they could but the flames were just too hot. Peter in a state of total shock.”
One pal wrote in tribute to the men: “So sad, such a waste of life.”
A school friend of one of the “funny and charming” victims, said she had been left “heartbroken” at the news of their deaths.
A third said: “RIP to some of my closest mates. You will be extremely missed. Fly high boys.”
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