THE first photograph of teenager Stephen Tordoff – who died in a fatal crash on Wakefield Road earlier this week – has emerged.

Police have confirmed the identity of the teenager, after he was named locally on Wednesday, and officers have also revealed that a further arrest has been made in relation to the crash.

Stephen, 18, of Holme Wood, was a back seat passenger in a Renault Scenic which crashed into a Volkswagen Transporter van at the A650 Wakefield Road’s junction with Neville Road and New Hey Road.

The Transporter then collided with a Ford Transit van.


The crash happened at 10.54pm on Tuesday, and Stephen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three boys, two aged 17 and one aged 16, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 16-year-old and one 17-year-old have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The other 17-year-old remains in custody, and a man aged 19 has also been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

At the scene, scores of floral tributes, balloons and other personal messages and tributes have been left in Stephen’s memory - known to his friends as ‘Stizzy’.

Silver balloons spelt out “RIP S.T.”, with a large number of bouquets of flowers taped to the railings, each with heartfelt messages.

Family photos of Stephen with his relatives have also been left at the scene in his memory.

Other tributes left include a bottle of Ciroc vodka, cans of Red Bull and other alcohol bottles and cans.

Earlier this summer, he was convicted of dangerous driving and being carried in a vehicle taken without the owner's consent.

He pleaded guilty to these offences in July, and had been awaiting sentence prior to his untimely death.

The crash which claimed the life of Stephen is the first major collision at the junction in Wakefield Road since major roadworks were completed to remove the roundabout and replace it with the current layout.

The new traffic light-controlled system was put in to replace the roundabout in a bid to improve traffic flow at the junction.

The works began in January and were completed by August.

The Major Collision Enquiry Team is continuing to make enquiries into the crash and any witnesses, or people who may have dashcam footage of the incident which may assist the investigation, are asked to contact police.

Information can be reported by calling police on 101, quoting log number 2002 of September 10, by using the live chat facility on the West Yorkshire Police website, or by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.