A colleague of one of the Doncaster teens killed in a horror crash has spoken of the moment he desperately tried to rescue his friend from the wreckage.
Jonathan Earp was a passenger in a black Vauxhall Corsa travelling on Sheffield Road, Conisbrough in front of a blue Toyota Corrola containing his friend Arpad Kore, aged 18, as well as 18-year-old former Danum Academy pupil Bartosz Bortniczak and current students 16-year-olds Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey.
Mr Earp, who worked with Arpad at the Amazon warehouse, told Doncaster coroners’ court this morning that he and the driver of the vehicle, Ben York, only realised that the Toyota Corrola had crashed when they heard a ‘huge bang’ at the time of the collision at around 9.30pm on November 15.
Mr Earp said Mr York turned the vehicle around at the earliest opportunity, and when they got back to the scene they realised it had collided with a grey Seat Léon.
“I ran round and saw Arpad was in the car, he was behind the passenger. Then I ran round to Arpad but couldn’t get the door open,” Mr Erp told the court.
He continued: “He was conscious at the time. I heard moaning coming from him. He was calling out to me and talking.
“He was begging me to get him out of the car. He was very frightened and begging me not leave him.
“I ran round to the other door and couldn’t get that open. Both of them were stuck so I held Arpad’s hand until the ambulance came.”
The court heard how Mr Earp and Mr York had met Arpad, Bartosz, Blake, Jordanna at Megan at the car park at the McDonalds in Balby, before the two vehicles set off towards Conisbrough on the A630.
The five friends travelling in the blue Toyota Corrola all died as a result of the collision.
The inquest continues.