Alesha Dixon's brother in hospital after car crash

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 August 2017
Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon has been left distraught after her brother John Lonergan was left hospitalised following a car crash which killed his best friend James Bartell, 29

Alesha Dixon is "sick with worry" after her brother was hospitalised following a car crash which killed his best friend.

The 'Britain's Got Talent' judge's sibling John Lonergan, 30, is "lucky to be alive" after he was a passenger in a Ford Ka which ploughed into trees in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, south east England, on Sunday (27.08.17) resulting in the death of the driver, his pal James Bartell, 29.

A source close to Alesha, 38, told The Sun newspaper: "She is sick with worry about her brother John.

"He is badly injured but is lucky to be alive. He has several broken ribs and a broken collar bone."

John is said to be in a serious but stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for "some time".

The source added: "Although he will hopefully make a full recovery, he will have to come to terms with the death of his friend.

"It's expected he will be in hospital for some time."

John has been left "devastated" following the tragic incident and it is not yet known exactly what happened.

A family friend said: "It was a straight road so it's baffling how they crashed.

"I don't know if something ran out on to the road and they had to swerve. We just don't know.

"The car somehow lost control.

"It was an open road and it was day time, so it's just puzzling. They were good friends, they would spend a lot of time together. John is devastated."

James had a young son and daughter with his partner Anna-Marie Kelly, 32.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and have appealed for witnesses.

PC Jackie Lister said in a statement: "I am conscious that many drivers these days have dash cams fitted to their vehicles and may have captured the vehicle being driven immediately prior to the collision. If anyone has footage, this may prove useful to the investigation.

"Please contact me on Hertfordshire Constabulary's non-emergency number 101 so that I can review it."

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