Funds in memory of Doncaster teen crash victims

Floral tributes left on Sheffield Road, on the A630 at Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley
Floral tributes left on Sheffield Road, on the A630 at Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley
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Five teenagers killed in a horrific car crash are to be honoured by memorial funds set up in their names.

Heartbroken staff, pupils and well-wishers have overwhelmed Danum Academy in Doncaster with flowers, cheques and messages of love and support following the tragedy.

Bartosz Bortniczak, aged 18, Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, and 16-year-old Megan Storey died in the crash on Saturday night.

Danum headteacher Rebecca Staples said today the school now plans to set up a memorial fund for each one of the teenagers, with their families having a say on how the funds are used.

She said: “The school has been overwhelmed with kind messages of support and condolence for which we have been very thankful.

“We will pass messages on to the families who remain in our thoughts.

“We have been asked by many people if we would set up collections for the young people, which we have.

“If anyone wants to make donations, they can send cheques made out to Danum Academy and indicate which young person’s memorial fund they want the money to go to, or if they want to send it for them all. We will liaise with families over how this money will be used in memory of their children.”

The teenagers were travelling in a blue Toyota Corrolla when it was involved in a collision with a grey Seat Leon on Sheffield Road, Conisbrough.

All five died as a result of the collision and the driver of the Seat, a 45-year-old man from Mexborough, sustained a broken leg.

An inquest into the death of the teenagers is due to be opened today.

Police believe a third vehicle, a black Vauxhall Corsa, may also have been involved in the collision, which occurred at about 9.40pm.

A 21-year-old Doncaster man, who police believe was driving the Corsa, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Police are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen the 21-year-old’s car on the evening or may have CCTV showing the vehicle.

Inspector Pete Serhatlic, who is leading the inquiry into the crash, is appealing for anyone in the area, between the McDonald’s restaurant in Balby and the Crookhill junction, on the evening of the crash to come forward.

He said he is particularly interested in hearing from any residents or businesses who have CCTV in place as it may have captured footage that could help the investigation.

Call South Yorkshire Police 101 quoting incident 1123 or November 15, 2014. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.