Pulham tragedy: Area’s response to tragic loss of Kyle Warren, Dominic O’Neill and Billy Hines has showed the best of our community

Funeral of Kyle Warren at St John The Baptist Church, Harleston.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Funeral of Kyle Warren at St John The Baptist Church, Harleston. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In more than 10 years as a journalist, I've sadly had to cover far too many road accidents where people have been injured or lost their lives.

Yet while any death in a road accident is shocking and upsetting, this month's tragedy in Pulham Market is one that will clearly have a deep and lasting effect on residents in the area.

Teenagers Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines died when the car in which they were travelling hit a tree.

To lose one person in a traffic collision is devastating enough, particularly for the family and friends of the person who has died.

MORE: 'Taken too soon' - hundreds line the streets to pay respect to teenager Kyle Warren, who died in Pulham tragedy When it is a young person, there is a particular sadness for someone who had their whole lives ahead of them.

So for three young people to die in such terrible circumstances is all the more heartbreaking.

By all accounts Kyle, Dominic and Billy were popular teenagers with so much to look forward to.

As I spoke to friends and relatives of the three over the following days, I was struck by how fun-loving, outgoing and talented the three were. Whether it was Kyle's love of cars or Dominic's passion for music and drumming, the trio clearly had the brightest of futures.

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The breathtaking turn-out at an event in Morrisons in Diss a few days later, where about 200 vehicles went in convoy on a tribute run to Great Yarmouth, was a visible demonstration of just of how popular they all were.

MORE: Emotional assembly held at Harleston's Archbishop Sancroft High School in memory former students Kyle Warren and Dominic O'Neill after Pulham Market crash tragedyThe flowers left at the scene of the crash are also a poignant reminder of the positive impression the trio have left.

As I spoke to people in Pulham Market in the aftermath of the crash, I was warned many residents would simply not be able to find the words to describe what happened. As it turned out, many people opened their hearts and said that the community would rally round to support in whatever way it could.

That has been visibly demonstrated not just by the hundreds of tributes left of social media and elsewhere, but by the little things friends have done to help.

MORE: Hundreds gather at emotional event at Morrisons in Diss to pay their respects to teenagers Dominic O'Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines, who died in Pulham Market crash near A140 The community has done all it can do – showed its sympathy and rallied round the families at the hardest of times.

It is the saddest of periods but, in the South Norfolk community, the families of Kyle, Dominic and Billy truly have friends.