Memorial to victims of horror crash

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A TEENAGER who survived a crash which killed four of her pals has been praised after she secured a lasting tribute to their memory.

Family and friends of the teenagers Jonathan Scott, Robert Tepper and Lauren Birkett, who died in the collision in December last year, have planted cherry trees in their memory, after survivor Chloe Newby asked for a memorial.

Chloe, aged 16, approached Doncaster Council’s Neighbourhood Team with the idea of finding a way to keep the memories of Jonathan, Robert and Lauren alive. They died when the Vauxhall Corsa in which they were travelling collided with a VW Golf at the junction of Adwick Road and Crow Tree Lane.

Glyn Smith, neighbourhood team leader at the authority, said: “When we were contacted by Chloe with regards to a lasting memorial for her friends, we were so impressed with how she is dealing with the situation, and with the support she is receiving from her family and friends, that we were more than happy to do all we could to assist Chloe in fulfilling her wishes.

“The trees are lasting tributes to the memory of Lauren, Robert and Jonathan.”

The trees have now been planted on Crow Tree Lane, in Mexborough, near the spot where the crash happened.

The trees are intended to give loved ones a place where they can lay flowers. They are opposite a site where people have already been placing flowers, but which is considered to be dangerous to reach safely.

The trees each bear a coloured ribbon denoting each teenager’s favourite colour - purple for Lauren, pink for Robert and orange for Jonathan.

Meanwhile, at the Ferryboat fishing ponds, a bench and trophy have been unveiled as a tribute to keen angler Robert.

The annual Bobby Tepper Memorial Trophy will be presented yearly at a special open tournament in his name, run by the Ferryboat Junior Fishing Club.

An inquest into the deaths was opened in December by Doncaster deputy coroner Fred Curtis.

It was adjourned to await a full police report into the crash.