Indian student's untimely death saddens community

Tuesday 18th November 2014 12:55 EST

The local community is devastated at the death of a British Indian student on Saturday. He was among the five teenagers killed in a horrific car crash after a Saturday night trip to McDonalds.

Of Indian origin-Arpad Kore, 18, with friends Blake Cairns, 16, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, Megan Storey, 16, and Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, died in the two-car crash on Saturday night.

Friends of the group laid scores of floral tributes outside Danum Academy in Doncaster, where four of the five were pupils, and Mr Bortniczak was a former student. The school students mourned the loss of their friends, who were absolutely inseparable.

Headteacher Rebecca Staples said, “Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin, Arpad Kore, and Megan Storey were all flourishing in our sixth form,"

"They were popular, lively and loved by those who knew them and many students looked up to them within our community.”

"Arpad Kore was always willing to help and assist at school; he was a totally reliable member of our community, a true gentleman who looked out for everybody. He had a tremendous sense of humour," she added.

Inspector Pete Serhatlic said: "It's absolutely horrific, it's an extremely sad situation."

The group of friends were killed when the driver, understood to be Mr Bortniczak, ‘lost control’ heading downhill on a bend and a car coming in the opposite direction slammed into the side of their vehicle, causing devastating damage. The accident happened at 9.40pm on Saturday in damp and foggy conditions. They were driving along a 60mph stretch of the A630 road – known as an accident black spot – when the Toyota slid sideways into the opposite carriageway and was hit by a Seat Leon. A 21-year-old man believed to be driving a third vehicle was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, the BBC reported. The driver of the Seat, a 45-year-old man from Mexborough, suffered a broken leg.

Police have appealed for witnesses to try to establish whether excessive speed was to blame.

They said the man, from Doncaster, was later released on bail.

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