This is the spot where Jake McLean lost his life in a horror smash that left Towie star Yazmin Oukhellou seriously hurt in hospital when their car careered off a bend and landed upside down in a ravine, MailOnline can reveal.
Jake is believed to have lost control as he came hurtling around a sweeping bend and crashed into a road sign, which was left mangled.
Yazmin, 28, is stable and recovering in hospital after surgery, her spokeswoman told MailOnline. The TV star’s mum Lisa flew out to Turkey on Sunday to be by her daughter’s side.
The spokeswoman added: ‘Yazmin and her family have requested privacy at this time.’
The couple were travelling in the early hours of Sunday morning along a winding road that cuts through hills running from the scenic coastal city of Bodrum to the nearby picturesque seaside town of Yalikavak.
Plastic debris from the horrific crash lay scattered across the scene as tyre tracks were visible through bushes and scrubland showing where the car had careered off the road and then landed around 10 feet below in a ravine.
McLean’s vehicle swerved off the road and fell 10 feet into a ravine (pictured circled in red), killing him and injuring his partner
The scene of the car crash that killed Jake McLean and seriously injured TOWIE’s Yazmin Oukhellou is pictured earlier today
The car was removed by police today from the bending road, which is notorious for a serious of deadly traffic accidents
Yazmin and Jake (together) are thought to have dated for around a year before confirming their relationship on Instagram in December last year, but split just a month later. They were still thought to be broken up when the crash in Turkey happened
Lauren Goodger (pictured for the first time after his death) has broken her silence after her ex-boyfriend Jake McLean was killed in a horror car crash in Turkey yesterday, with passenger Yazmin Oukhellou still recovering from her injuries
McLean’s vehicle careened off the road and fell 10ft into a ravine, killing the driver and seriously injuring Yazmin Oukhellou
The roadside still shows signs of the crash, with a broken street sign and pieces of plastic littered around the scene
The Bodrum-Yalikavak road is particularly busy at night as holiday makers shuttle between the two cities to hit popular bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Eyewitnesses told MailOnline that the car was removed by police on early Monday morning and that the road is notorious for car crashes.
Hussain, who works in the Yeri restaurant said: ‘Car accidents happen along this road all the time. I didn’t see this particular crash but I’ve heard that it was a bad one. All the locals know about it.
‘There are signs warning of dangerous bends but a lot of the time it’s dark, people are driving faster than normal, and accidents happen.’
Mehmet, who works at the Ofisi petrol station at the foot of the Bodrum-Yalikavak road said: ‘There are a lot of bends in this road and it can be very dangerous. We get a lot of tourists here who hire their own cars and sadly, a lot of accidents happen during the summer months.’
The Bodrum-Yalikavak road is particularly busy at night as holiday makers shuttle between the two cities’ bars and clubs
This is the scene of the fatal car crash in Turkey on Sunday that killed 33-year-old Jake McLean and left his on-off partner – TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou – seriously hurt
Tyre tracks were visible through bushes and scrubland where the car had swerved off the road and landed 10 feet below
The high-speed turning on the winding road between two tourist hotspots is a common site for fatal car accidents
The crash took place on the road between two towns with several bars, clubs and restaurants. Accidents are not uncommon
Lauren Goodger has broken her silence after her ex-boyfriend Jake McLean was killed in a horror car crash in Turkey yesterday, with passenger Yazmin Oukhellou still recovering from her injuries.
The pregnant TOWIE star, 35, posted on her Instagram Stories today: ‘RIP Jake. I have no words right now. My thoughts are with your family and friends.’
Officers are currently working on the theory that Jake accidentally lost control of the car while driving along an unfamiliar and winding road in the Turkish resort city of Bodrum, local media says, but will test his blood for alcohol as part of the autopsy in order to rule it out as a cause.
Detectives will also interview Yazmin – Jake’s on-off partner who was riding in the car with him when it came off the road and overturned – once she is well enough, local newspaper Sabah reported. She is said to have sustained ‘serious’ injuries to one of her arms but is ‘out of danger’ and recovering in hospital.
The investigation got underway as the first photos emerged showing the crash scene, with a dark-coloured five-door car lying on its roof in tall grass with paramedics and police working nearby.
The front and rear doors of the car are open and one of its front headlights is on, with the left-turn indicator flashing. Emergency crews are using torches to peer inside.
Jake, 33, rose to fame while dating Lauren from 2012 until 2016 as she appeared on The Only Way Is Essex, Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.
The mother-of-one, who is currently expecting her second child with partner Charles Drury, looked emotional as she was spotted for the first time since Jake’s death – with friends saying she is ‘devastated’.
Meanwhile Jake’s aunt, Sheila McLean, tearfully paid tribute to her nephew from her home in east London today – telling MailOnline: ‘Jake was a lovely boy… We’re all so upset.’
Jake (right) rose to fame while dating Lauren (left) as she appeared on The Only Way Is Essex, Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother. The on-off couple got together for the first time in 2012 but split for good in 2016 (pictured in 2013)
Yazmin, 28, also famous for her appearances on TOWIE, is believed to be recovering in hospital after suffering injuries to one of her arms.
Jake and Yazmin are thought to have got together in May last year before she revealed their relationship on Instagram in December in a clip that showed the pair kissing.
But she split from him just a month later after he was reportedly caught ‘acting single’ while on a holiday in Dubai and leaving a club alone with Love Island ex Ellie Jones.
The pair were still thought to be split up when the crash happened on Sunday. Friends say they are unsure what the pair were doing together in Turkey, but may have been there to sign some kind of business deal.
A source told MailOnline: ‘It’s a complete tragedy and a total loss of life. Everyone is in shock and hoping Yazmin makes a full recovery.’
Pals close to Lauren told MailOnline the pregnant mother-of-one has been left ‘devastated’ by Jake’s untimely passing.
Speaking to The Sun another source added: ‘Apparently Jake was driving when he lost control of the car and it went off a cliff.’
MailOnline has contacted TOWIE and Yazmin’s representatives for further comment.
Sad news: Yazmin, 28, famed for her appearances on TV series TOWIE, and relationship with ex-James Lock, 35, is believed to be recovering in hospital
Loss of life: Jake, who was 33, is understood to have been driving in Bodrum, Turkey when the horror crash took place
The Sun reported that Jake was in Turkey for a business deal, and Yazmin had joined him in the tourist resort of Bodrum in recent days.
Sources have told the publication that Yazmin has suffered ‘extremely serious’ damage to her arm in the crash.
A show source said: ‘We’re crossing our fingers and praying she makes a full recovery quickly. It’s beyond shocking, just devastating for everyone connected to the show.
‘Jake and Yaz are both very well known in our circles, and while he wasn’t a saint this is just unbelievably tragic. Everyone is stunned.’
Another cast member said: ‘Nobody is quite sure what they were doing out there, we thought they’d split up, but apparently he was involved in some sort of business deal.
‘But whatever’s gone on this is just heart-breaking. It sounds very, very serious, perhaps life-changing.’
Jake was jailed for three-and-a-half years in 2008 after conning his way into a mother’s house and overpowering her before a masked gang ran in and raided the family home.
He reportedly tricked his way into the property pretending to be an estate agent.
Latest: Yazmin last shared a photo to Instagram on Tuesday from her London home, wearing an all black outfit
Jake, who was 18 at the time, was part of a gang of six. The other five members ran into the home carrying imitation pistols and threatened to kill their victims if they screamed for help.
It is believed he only served half of his sentence and had been in prison for other convictions since. In 2018 he shared Instagram posts showing himself wearing a leg tag.
In 2013, Lauren, who met her former lover via Twitter, admitted she was aware of Jake’s criminal convictions but was willing to oversee his wrongdoings.
She said: ‘Jake told me about his past. I could see how much he regretted his actions. I try to take people as I find them.’
Lauren is due to give birth any day now, as she awaits the arrival of her second child with partner Charles Drury.
Yazmin and Jake have been dating on and off since May 2021, after the TOWIE star called quits on her long-term relationship with TOWIE co-star James Lock, 35.
Yazmin, 26, moved to Dubai last year to be with Jake after leaving ITV show TOWIE.
But the reality favourite ended her romance with Jake in January after discovering he had been unfaithful with former Love Island contestant Ellie Jones.
Exes: Yazmin and Jake have been dating on and off since May 2021, after the TOWIE star called quits on her long-term relationship with James Lock (pictured in August 2020)
Comeback: Yazmin was due to make her return to TOWIE this year after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic last month
Sources close to Yazmin say her relationship with Jake was ‘pretty toxic at times’.
It is unknown when the pair reconciled and the reason for them being in Turkey, with Yazmin last sharing a photo of herself in London on Tuesday.
This year, Yazmin was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic.
She had shared photos alongside co-star Harry Derbidge, 28, from the Caribbean in June.
According to her Instagram, Yazmin finished filming for TOWIE in the Dominican Republic, and headed on holiday to Ibiza, where she posed in her bikini at O Beach.
While they had been dating for a year, Yazmin didn’t confirm her romance with Jake until December 2021.
She took to Instagram to make things official with a photo of her and Jake cuddling together in Dubai, but covering his face with a heart eyed emoji.
Yazmin captioned the snap: ‘We’ve been through more than most. Had our ups & downs but I wouldn’t have us any other way.’
The pair previously dated briefly in 2019, before rekindling their relationship after Yazmin split from James Lock.
Lovers: This year, Yazmin, pictured kissing Jake, was set to make her return to TOWIE after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic
Throwback: Lauren and Jake dated from 2012 until 2016 with the former TOWIE star previously admitting she knew of her ex’s criminal wrongdoings and was willing to give him a chance
Tributes poured in from fans as news of Jake’s death broke on Sunday. Taking to Twitter one fan wrote: ‘So sad to hear about Jake McLean may he RIP.’
While another added: ‘This is tragic.’ And a third commented: ‘Prayers are with Jake’s family right now and praying for Yazmin to pull through.’
And a fourth wrote: ‘Praying for you at this sad time.’
Shock: Taking to Twitter fans shared their shock at the news with one writing: ‘So sad to hear about Jake Mclean may he RIP’
While very little is known about Yazmin’s condition her fellow TOWIE cast also took to their social media accounts in hopes she will make a full recovery.
Her best friend, Junaid Ahmed shared a snap of himself and Yazmin to his Instagram Stories writing: ‘Love you …my beautiful girl.’
While fellow TOWIE star Harry Derbridge also shared a recent snap of the pair, commented: ‘Thinking of you @YazminOulhellou.’
RIP: Social media users shared their condolences at the untimely death of the businessman
Sad: BFF Junaid Ahmed shared a snap of himself and Yazmin to his Instagram Stories writing: ‘Love you …my beautiful girl’
One fan took to Twitter writing: ‘Thoughts and prayers are with you @YazminOukhellou.’
While another added: ‘Speedy recovery, get well soon [Yazmin] so sorry to hear about Jake.’
And a third commented: ‘Praying for you Yaz.’
While another wrote: ‘I hope you get out of this the other side.’
Hope: While very little is known about Yazmin’s conditions her fellow TOWIE cast also took to their social media accounts in hopes she will make a full recovery
Friends: Harry Derbridge also took to Instagram to share a snap of himself with Yazmin
He captioned the picture: ‘Thinking of you @YazminOulhellou’