By Michael Scott
Flowers have been at the scene of a fatal car smash which killed a UK rapper on his way to a performance.
South Londoner Blaine Cameron Johnson, known by stage name Cadet, was killed on the way to a gig at Keele University, Staffordshire, in the early hours of Saturday morning when the taxi he was travelling in collided with a van.
Paramedics tried to save the rapper but he was pronounced dead at the scene, which also injured the two drivers of both vehicles.
Residents said road where the crash killed the 28-year-old, the A531 in Staffordshire, is known for fast drivers and a dangerous bend and spoke of their horror after being woken up by the collision.
One resident, who wished not to be named said: “At about 1.25am I was woken up and heard voices out of my window.
“I looked out and saw a crash with a white taxi blocking the road horizontally, and a red van up the bank.
“People were out of the cars shouting for help and others were on the phone.
“I called for an ambulance and police, which took about eight minutes to arrive, along with the fire service.
“There must have been about 30 emergency services, they cut a man out of the taxi before putting him in an ambulance.
“There were so many flashing lights, it was a big commotion.
“I woke up again at around 7am as the police were taking lots of pictures and the cars were being removed. By 8am the police had cleared the road.”
Another anonymous resident said she saw blue flashing lights and came out of her house to find ‘total carnage’.
The woman said: “The night wasn’t cold but it was very windy.
“The road is very fast, it’s a 30mph speed limit but many people don’t stick to it.
“We have a local community speed watch and a speed laser counter that shows you your speed, but we can’t have bumps as it’s an A-road.
“I have grandchildren and won’t walk them along the path round that bend because it’s so dangerous, people don’t stick to the speed limit.”
At Keele University yesterday morning [SUN] there were still posters up advertising Cadet’s appearance at the ‘Fresh Friday’ student event.
The gig, held at the Students Union’s Ballroom venue cost £6 on the door for students with grime, RnB and hiphop artists set to perform.
Cadet had recently independently sold 200,000 copies of single Advice in the UK charts without any record label backing and had been described as a pioneer of grime and UK rap.
He was well known in the music industry and messages of condolence both in the UK and across the pond have flooded his social media since his death.
Yesterday [SUN] family, artists, and fans are set to pay tribute to the rapper with a memorial event at Hyde Park, London.