Moped crash victim named as enquiries into collision continue
We've issued a fresh plea for information as a grieving family paid tribute to a teenager killed in a collision in Birmingham this week.
Liam Mooney is believed to have been a pillion passenger on a moped in Rocky Lane, Perry Barr, when there was an incident involving a car just before 7.20pm on Monday (22 March).
The 16-year-old suffered serious head injuries after falling off the moped and was pronounced dead in hospital the following day.
We're still working to establish exactly what happened, but the silver car drove off and we need to trace the vehicle and occupants.
In a statement Liam's family said: "Liam was a bit of a joker and had a brilliant sense of humour.
"He was also so caring at times. He had not long became a uncle and loved his niece so much.
"We are so heartbroken and never thought this would happen to us.
"Liam was not just loved by his mom, dad, sisters and brothers but his nans, grandads, aunties, uncles and cousins. He will be sadly missed by everyone.
"Fly high our beautiful little angel. We love you so much, sleep tight. We will all be together again one day."
Several people told us that another moped was being ridden in tandem with the moped that Liam was on. The rider of the bike that Liam was on has been spoken to as a witness, as have two people who were on the second moped.
We're urging anyone who has information which can help our investigation, and not spoken to us already, to get in touch as soon as possible.
Detective Inspector Adam Jobson said: "Liam was a teenager and should have had his life in front him. This is a devastating time for his family and they need answers about what happened on Monday night.
"We really need to speak to the car driver so they can tell us what went on and help us piece together the full circumstances. It's imperative we hear their side of the story."
If you were in the area at the time and saw what happened, or perhaps have dash-cam or cycle-cam footage, we’re keen to hear from you and would urge you to get in touch.
You can send us a message via live chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am - midnight or call 101 anytime. To remain 100% anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are. Please quote log number 3771 of 22/03/21.