West Ham youth goalie one of three injured in car crash in A12/Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:33 16 April 2013

Goalkeeper Jake is now recovering at home. Picture: George Dugdale/West Ham United FC

Goalkeeper Jake is now recovering at home. Picture: George Dugdale/West Ham United FC


Three people, including a West Ham youth goalkeeper, were injured following a collision between three cars at midday on Monday.

Part of Colchester Road was closed while emergency services dealt with the victims. Picture: James MastertonPart of Colchester Road was closed while emergency services dealt with the victims. Picture: James Masterton

Developemnt squad goalie Jake Larkins, 19, is recovering at home after suffering minor injuries when a grey Chevrolet, a black Renault Clio, and a silver Mitsubishi Space Wagon crashed in Petersfield Avenue at the junction of Colchester Road, in Harold Hill.

A 58-year-old man, who sustained serious head injuries, and a woman in her early 50s, who had serious stomach injuries, were taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, east London.

Both had been travelling in the Chevrolet.

Her conditionn has been described by Havering Police as potentially life-threatening.

Three people were injured in the crash. Picture: James MastertonThree people were injured in the crash. Picture: James Masterton

Jake, who was travelling in the Clio, sustained head and neck injuries, and was taken to Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, following the incident.

He had been driving to meet his team-mates ahead of the Barclays U21 Premier League fixture at Southampton.

A news release by West Ham said: “After spending the day in hospital, where he was accompanied by development dquad manager Nick Haycock and academy head of sports science and sports medicine Tom Smith, Larkins was discharged late on Monday evening and he is now recovering at home with his family.”

The occupants of the Space Wagon were unhurt.

The cars collided at around midday. Picture: James MastertonThe cars collided at around midday. Picture: James Masterton

Resident James Masterton said: “It looked like a very nasty crash; perhaps a fatal. I think one of the cars has smashed into the other on the Colchester Road, sending it into a garden wall in Petersfield.

“There used to be barriers along the pavement here but they took those away a while ago - it probably would have slowed the car that hit the wall down a bit first.”

An air ambulance was also sent to the scene but did not transfer any patients.

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