Heartbroken Doncaster headteacher pays tribute to ‘flourishing, bubbly students’ killed in crash

Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, and Megan Storey, 16.

Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, and Megan Storey, 16.

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Five South Yorkshire teenagers killed in a horrific car crash were ‘bubbly students, full of life’.

Four were current pupils at Danum Academy in Doncaster and one was a former pupil. Headteacher Rebecca Staples said: “Each one of them has a special place in each of our hearts.

Megan Storey

Megan Storey

“They had tremendous lives ahead of them.”

Bartosz Bortniczak, aged 18, Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, and Megan Storey, 16, all died in a collision in Conisbrough on Saturday night.

They were travelling in a Toyota car that collided with a grey Seat Leon on the A630 Balby Road heading towards Conisbrough.

Police arrested a 21-year-old man who was driving a black Vauxhall Corsa on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on police bail.

Jordanna Goodwin

Jordanna Goodwin

The Seat driver, a 45-year-old man from Mexborough, suffered a broken leg.

Ms Staples said: “Grief is already spreading across our community. Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of these wonderful young people.

“Everybody is totally devastated and all of them were really bubbly students, full of life, that others looked up to.

“That makes it all the more devastating. They are characters that everybody would know and love.

Blake Cairns, pictured right

Blake Cairns, pictured right

“They brought many, many fine qualities to our school.”

Ms Staples said: “They were popular, lively and loved by those who knew them and many students looked up to them within our community.

“Blake was great fun, he had a huge network of friends, and was a very sporty boy. He represented the school in football teams. He had a real presence, a lovely cheeky boy who had great relationships with staff.

“Jordanna Goodwin never missed a single day of school from primary to the end of Year 11 and had received a special reward from the local authority. She was a joyful bubbly girl who had a fantastic rapport with staff. She was our Prom Queen this year and looked so beautiful on the evening.

Arpad Kore

Arpad Kore

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

“Megan Storey was a really bubbly young woman. She was totally reliable for all her friends and truly loyal. She was a very caring mature young woman who was a joy to be with. She too looked stunning at our prom.

“Bartek Bortniczak had kept close ties with his school friends since leaving. He was a fun loving young man, with a lovely character and a real sense of fun, a lovable lad. He was a member of our football teams. He was a down to earth soul.”

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