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Road crash deaths inquest opens

Inquests will open today into the deaths of five teenagers in a horrific car crash.

Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, Megan Storey, 16, and Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, died after the Toyota Corolla they were travelling in was in collision with a Seat Leon car just outside Conisbrough, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Four of the five who died were sixth-formers at Danum Academy, in Doncaster, and Mr Bortniczak was a former pupil.

The headteacher at Danum, Rebecca Staples, has said her school and the surrounding community has been left devastated by the loss of five "wonderful, lively young people".

Students have laid scores of tributes to their friends outside the school's sixth-form common room and at the spot where the crash happened, on the A630 Doncaster to Rotherham road, about five miles from Danum.

Saturday night's crash happened about 100 yards (100m) from the scene of another in January 2011, in which three teenagers, aged 14, 15, and 16, died after the car they were in hit a tree and was torn apart.

Faded memorials from that tragedy are still visible on a nearby tree.

South Yorkshire Police believe a third car - a black Vauxhall Corsa - may also have been involved in Saturday's incident.

A 21-year-old Doncaster man, who was driving the Corsa, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and later released on bail while police continue their investigation.

Officers believe the five teenagers in the Toyota had earlier met up with the Corsa driver at a McDonald's restaurant in Doncaster.

Both vehicles were heading away from Doncaster at the time of the crash but the Corsa was not involved in the collision.

The school has paid tribute to each of those who died, including Mr Bortniczak, who left the school and is understood to have been working.

Blake has been described as very sporty, a fixture of school football team and "a cheeky boy who had great relationships with staff".

Jordanna never missed a single day of school from primary to the end of Year 11 and was the prom queen.

Mr Kore was described as a "true gentleman who looked out for everybody" and who had "a tremendous sense of humour".

Megan was a "very caring, mature young woman who was a joy to be with".

And Mr Bortniczak was described as "a fun-loving young man, with a lovely character and a real sense of fun".

Inspector Pete Serhatlic, of South Yorkshire Police, said the incident was "absolutely horrific" but it was too early to say whether the dense fog on that evening played any part in the crash.

The inquests will open at Doncaster Coroner's Court.


From Belfast Telegraph