Community grieve for five teens killed in crash

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Residents from across the borough turned out to sign books of condolence for five Doncaster teens killed in a horror car crash.

The books of condolence were opened yesterday for people to pay tribute to Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, Blake Cairns, 16, 18-year-old Arpad Kore, Jordanna Goodwin, 16 and Megan Storey, 16 - all pupils from Danum Academy.

Robert Fitzharris writes in the book of condolence at the Minster for the five teenagers who died in a car crash at Conisbrough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Robert Fitzharris writes in the book of condolence at the Minster for the five teenagers who died in a car crash at Conisbrough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Residents attended at Doncaster Minster and the Mansion House where pictures of the teens along with a book for each one were laid out.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “These venues will provide a place of quiet reflection and we hope it will bring some comfort to friends, families and the community.”

Speaking at Doncaster Minster the Venerable Robert Fitzharris, Archdeacon Emeritus said: “In the days after the tragedy the focus was quite rightly on the school where pupils and staff members supported each other in their grief. The support given was second to none and the school community has shown itself to be a real family.

“Now is the time for people across the country to express their grief and the Minster provides the perfect place for people to come and pay their respects and reflect on this tragedy in a quiet and peaceful environment.

“The death of these five young people reminds us all of our own mortality.”

People from across the community are being invited to add their messages of condolence to the books.

Among the comments in the book at the Mansion House was former Danum pupil Mark Foster who wrote “To a new star in the sky forever rest in peace lots of love Mark”

The books of condolence at the Mansion House will remain open today from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

The books at Doncaster Minster will be open until Sunday November 30 on Monday to Friday 10.30 to 3.30pm, Saturdays 11am -to 2pm and Sundays 10.30 to 1pm.

All five of the teenagers died following the collision in Sheffield Road, Conisbrough on Saturday. A 21-year-old Doncaster man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed pending further inquiries.