Fifth pal ‘pulled out of trip’ before North Wales crash killed 4 teens as farmer reveals tragic details before smash | The Sun

A FIFTH teenager pulled out of a camping trip just before his four pals were were killed in a horror crash, friends claim.

Pals Jevon Hirst, 16, Harvey Owen, 16, Wilf Fitchett, 17, and Hugo Morris, 18, went missing during a trip to Snowdonia over the weekend.

On Tuesday a frantic hunt was launched for the lads and their silver Ford Fiesta after they failed to return home.

Cops then tragically found the car partially submerged in water and on its roof while searching in the Porthmadog area – and it was confirmed four bodies were found.

Now a friend of Hugo has revealed that a fifth pal had been planning on heading on the trip.

Mimi Ropotka, 35, who worked with Hugo at Pret a Manger in Shrewsbury told The Telegraph: “He can’t believe he has lost his friend so suddenly and tragically.”



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Meanwhile, a local farmer has told how the group were “so unlucky” to have been hit by “brutal” conditions.

Cary Williams lives just 25 metres from the spot where the four bodies were found.

She told The Mirror: “They must have been going from Harlech north towards Snowdonia. This is one of two roads they could have taken. 

“There are no tracks on the road, nothing to be seen. It's a sharp bend, it narrows. There were lots of leaves on that corner. There have been one or two accidents there before."

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It comes after witnesses told how the lads were happy and laughing as they bought supplies of coal and pasta for their camping trip at a shop in Harlech.

The group stopped at a Premier Foods around midday on Sunday as they began their fateful journey into the mountains minutes before their phones stopped sending and receiving messages.

Shopkeeper Lucy Jones told The Sun: “They were happy, laughing and joking around. 

“They were arguing, saying ‘I can’t afford this, I can’t afford that. But they all seemed to be in a really good mood.”

Police fear the horrific accident took place not long after the boys left one of their grandad's homes – just eight miles away – on Saturday night.

It wasn't until 3.10pm on Monday – more than 24 hours later – that cops were told the boys were missing.

Tragically, on Tuesday a passerby spotted the car and the bodies were found – meaning they may have been trapped upside down in the vehicle for 48 hours.

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