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Boy's devastated grandfather died in car blast
THE devastated grandfather of a boy who died of meningitis eight years ago left 12 red roses at the youngster’s graveside before apparently setting himself on fire.
Ronald Bamlett, 74, parked his Toyota Yaris in Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday (September 17) afternoon, opposite the former home of his beloved grandson, William Cressey.
A major investigation was sparked after his body was found inside the burning vehicle.
Mr Bamlett’s heartbroken family yesterday (Thursday) said police believe he doused himself in petrol before taking his own life.
William died at Darlington Memorial Hospital in early 2005, aged ten, after doctors failed to diagnose his symptoms as the deadly meningitis.
The pensioner, a former foreman welder, was shattered by his grandson’s death and became increasingly frustrated at hearings the family hoped would bring to account those responsible for William’s medical care.
In an emotional interview with The Northern Echo, Mr Bamlett’s daughter, Cheryl Cressey, William’s mother, said her father’s grief became too much.
"He went back to the place where he was most happy with Will, he parked in a driveway where he could see the house where Will lived and set fire to himself.
“He could not bear his grief anymore.”