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Full statement from Max Lewis's family

Max Lewis, 19, died in the collision shortly before 3pm on Saturday 15 November 2014 on Forest Lane when a red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a white Renault Master van.

Max’s family would like to thank all his friends for their very kind love and support since he was killed last Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we are not yet able to set a date for Max’s funeral, but as soon as we can we will let everyone know.

The vigil, flowers and tributes for Max at the crash site over the last few days has been amazing. We are so touched, it has been overwhelming. Our hearts are broken but it is lovely to know that he had so many friends and was so loved by you all.

We want everyone to be safe and the Police and Highways Agency will be moving the tributes very soon. We would like to say that people who would like to be together or bring their tributes and flowers, are very welcome to go to the fields at Max’s fathers house, Baldham, Seend.

– Family statement

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested on Thursday 20 November on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They have since been bailed to return to Melksham police station on a date in January 2015.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Max Lewis. Credit: Family photograph

Arrests made following fatal crash in Melksham

Two men have been arrested following a fatal road traffic collision in Melksham.

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested this morning on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Both men remain in police custody in Melksham.

19 year old Max Lewis died in the collision on Forest Lane on Saturday. The red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a van.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is now described as stable.

Following a fantastic response from the public, we have now arrested two men on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the local community for the information they have provided to Wiltshire Police since Saturday's tragic road traffic collision.

We will now continue to focus our attention on this investigation.

– Sergeant Barrie Card

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Family of teenager appeal for information on Facebook

Max Lewis

The family of a teenager who died in a head-on collision in Melksham have appealed for information about his death on Facebook.

Max died after the Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a van. Police are searching for the drivers of two other vehicles believed to have been involved in a race with Saxo just before the crash.

Max's brother Dan Lewis put the following statement on his Facebook page on behalf of his family. They say they do not wish to blame anyone who may have been involved - but want to know what happened to their son.

Thank you to everyone for the massive love and support that is being shown for the loss of our darling Max.

We know how very hard this is for all his lovely friends, but if you can help us to understand what happened, please please come forward. We feel no blame just terrible sadness.

We would not usually post something so personal to Facebook, but we know we will reach far more of his friends.

– Family statement

Police thank public for their help after Melksham crash

Max Lewis

Wiltshire police have thanked the local community for their response to a fatal road traffic collision in Melksham.

19 year old Max Lewis died in the collision shortly before 3pm on Saturday when the red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a white Renault Master van.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is now described as stable.

Wiltshire Police have been appealing to the public for their help in identifying the drivers of two cars - one silver in colour, the other blue in colour - that are thought to have been racing the Saxo immediately before the collision.

I would personally like to thank the local community for their response to Saturday's tragic road traffic collision. We have had a considerable amount of information from the public in relation to the identity of the drivers of the two cars. As a result, we are now following a number of lines of enquiry. It is still crucial that anyone who has any information about the two cars or the collision itself contacts us as soon as possible to assist us with our ongoing enquiries. Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

– Sergeant Barrie Card

Police still trying to trace drivers in Melksham crash

Police investigating the death of a teenager in a crash in Wiltshire are still trying to trace the drivers of two other vehicles.

19-year-old Max Lewis was a passenger in a car which collided with a van near Melksham on Saturday. Officers say the car was being followed closely by two vehicles travelling at speed.

Candlelit vigil held for victim of Melksham road crash

Friends gathered for a candlelit vigil tonight to pay tribute to 19 year old Max Lewis Credit: ITV News

A candlelit vigil was held this evening at the site in Wiltshire where a teenager lost his life in a car crash.

Friends gathered to pay tribute to 19 year-old Max Lewis, who was a passenger in a car involved in a head on collision with a van, on a country road near Melksham on Saturday. Two other people were hurt.

Police say the car Max was travelling in was closely followed by two other vehicles travelling at speed.

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Teen's former school are 'deeply saddened' following his death

The former school of a teenager who died in a head-on collision in Melksham say he will be missed.

The Melksham Oak School, formerly the George Ward School, have released the following statement.

The Melksham Oak school community are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Max Lewis. We will remember Max with fondness. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

– Stephen Clark, Head Teacher, Melksham Oak School

Tributes for teen who died in Melksham car crash

Max Lewis

A teenager who died in a collision in Melksham has been named as Max Lewis. The teenager from Seend in Wiltshire died on Saturday when the car he was in collided with a van.

Police are trying to trace the drivers of two other vehicles thought to have been racing Citroen Saxo involved in the crash.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from the Melksham area - was airlifted to hospital where his condition is critical but stable.

Friends of Max continue to lay tributes at the scene of the crash.

Police hunt drivers after fatal road accident in Melksham

The accident happened in Forest Lane, outside Melksham Credit: ITV News

Police are trying to trace two drivers who they believe can help their investigation into a head-on crash near Melksham yesterday, in which a young man was killed and another critically injured.

The accident happened shortly before 3pm in Forest Lane, about one and a half miles outside the town.

A white Renault van collided with a red Citroen Saxo. The passenger in the Saxo, a 19-year-old man from the Melksham area in Wiltshire, died at the scene.

The Saxo's driver, a 22-year-old man from Melksham, was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where his condition was described as critical.

The male driver of the van, who is 25 and from Trowbridge, was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath. He was described as walking wounded.

Detectives are urging two other drivers, who were believed to have been racing with the Saxo at the time of the crash to come forward with information.

"The three cars were travelling towards Melksham in close proximity to each other. When the Saxo was involved in the collision, the other two cars did not stop at the scene. One is believed to be silver, the other is said to be blue.

"It's imperative that the drivers of the two cars come forward as soon as possible to assist us with our enquiries.

"Anyone with information about the collision, or the identity of the two drivers, should phone Wiltshire Police."

– PC Peter Williamson, Wiltshire Police
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