Investigation launched after teenage motorbike rider dies in collision

We are investigating after a 16-year-old boy died after the motorbike he was riding was in a head-on collision on Monmouth Drive in Sutton Coldfield at just before 8pm yesterday (Monday 27 September). 

Demari Thomas was treated at the scene first by a passing doctor who stopped to help and then by paramedics. 

But despite their best efforts Demari was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood that the motorbike he was riding was overtaking a black Audi when it collided with a Ford Fiesta, travelling in the opposite direction.

The drivers of both the cars remained at the scene and have been spoken to by officers. 

They were also treated by paramedics for minor injuries and one was taken to hospital for further checks.

As our enquiries continue to establish exactly what happened, we are asking any witnesses who have not yet spoken with us, or anyone with dashcam footage, to get in touch.

PC Kate Hall, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "A teenager has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with Demari's family, who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

"We have spoken with witnesses and carried out house-to-house enquiries as we continue to work to establish the full circumstances of the collision.

"It happened on a busy road and we'd ask any witnesses or drivers with footage of the incident, or in the minutes leading up to it, to contact us." 

Please message us via Live Chat at, quoting log 3456 of 27 September, call 101, or email

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