South West Wales

Mitchell Francis' parents make cycle helmet plea after death

Mitchell Francis on his BMX bike
Image caption Mitchell was a former pupil of Gowerton Comprehensive School

The death of a 17-year-old keen BMX rider highlights the need for cyclists to always wear helmets, say his parents.

Mitchell Francis from Gowerton, Swansea, died after being in collision with a car at Brynymor Road at its junction with Mount Street in the early hours of Sunday.

Sue and Mike Francis say their son "lived for his BMX bike and tragically ended his life on it".

Police have appealed for witnesses.

In a statement, Mr and Mrs Francis said: "This tragedy highlights the importance of road safety and for cyclists to always wear a helmet."

The couple said they were "so proud of everything that Mitch achieved" during his life and they thanked the community for their support.

'In our hearts'

"We have been overwhelmed and comforted at the reaction of so many people not only from our village but further afield which just goes to show how much Mitch was loved.

"Mitch - you'll never be forgotten and will be in our hearts forever."

Mitchell was a former pupil of Gowerton Comprehensive School.

He had been studying construction at Fforestfach training centre.

The road was closed for four hours while initial investigations were carried out into the collision involving a white Ford Fiesta on Sunday at 01:30 BST.

South Wales Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision, which involved a white Ford Fiesta, to contact the force's serious collision investigation unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image caption Mitchell Francis photographed with mother Sue

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