Update: Fatal Road Traffic Collision On Varteg Road In Blaenavon

Update: Fatal Road Traffic Collision On Varteg Road In Blaenavon

Thursday 20th Jun 2019

We received a call at 3.20am on Sunday 14th April, reporting a road traffic collision between a vehicle and pedestrian on Varteg Road in Blaenavon.

Officers attended and sadly, the male pedestrian involved was confirmed as deceased at the scene.

He has now been named as 19 year old Rhys Dobson from the Pontypool area.

His family have released the following tribute;

“Our much beloved son Rhys Dobson was tragically killed in a RTC on 14th April in Varteg.  As parents we are devastated to lose our cherished son who was just starting out in his adult life.  We thank our friends and family and Gwent Police for their professionalism and compassion.  We will always love him.  We ask that people kindly respect our privacy in this difficult time.”

A 36 year old man from the Blaenavon area, was arrested on suspicion of death by driving without due care and failing to remain at the scene of a road traffic collision. He has since been released under investigation.


Officers are appealing for information from anyone that could help with their enquiries and would be particularly interested in hearing from the driver of a black coloured taxi which was seen driving along Varteg Road between 3.00am and 3.30am of Sunday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log 102 14/04/14 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111. You can also send a direct message with information to our Gwent Police Facebook and Twitter social media pages.