Crash which killed three teenagers could shock young drivers into taking extra care, families say
PUBLISHED: 16:54 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 05 April 2018
A devastating crash which killed three teenagers could shock other young drivers into taking extra care on the roads, families of those who died have said.
Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O’Neill died when the black Ford Ka they were travelling in came off the road and hit a tree in Pulham Market.
An inquest into their deaths earlier this year heard how Kyle, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle on a bend.
Although he was an experienced banger racer, he had only passed his driving test two weeks before.
Ahead of the first anniversary of the crash on April 5, Kyle’s mother Helen Orford said: “I don’t think I’ll ever stop saying that people need to take care.”
Asked if she thought those who knew the trio would take extra care on the roads as a result of seeing what happened to their friends, she added: “I hope it has - I hope someone has learned something from it, if nothing else.
“I hope it had made them see it could happen to them. When you’re young, you think you’re invincible - but this proves it could happen to anyone, at any time.
“If it stops another family going through what we’ve had to go through, then it is a good thing.”
Dominic’s mother Davina O’Neill added: “I hope young people have learned something from it.”
Following the inquest, Norfolk Police said the crash showed the dangers young people face on the roads.
Insp Jon Chapman, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “We continue to work closely with our partners from the Norfolk Road Casualty Reduction Partnership to educate Norfolk’s young drivers – and those 16 year olds looking forward to receiving their provisional licence - on being a safe and responsible road user.
“This includes encouraging them to consider the consequences of their actions while they’re driving or travelling as a passenger. It’s so important that the young people driving are focussed on driving, and their passengers are not a distraction.
“We also actively encourage them to think about what other factors make them more vulnerable on the road, such as inexperience and peer pressure.
“Young drivers, as with all motorists, need to be aware of the fatal four motoring offences - not wearing a seatbelt, driving under the influence, speeding or using a mobile phone while at the wheel.
“All carry a risk and can have devastating consequences.”