Doncaster village comes to a standstill for funeral of couple killed in Boxing Day Collision

Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of Doncaster husband and wife Andrew Tomlinson, 48 and Fay Tomlinson, 54 who died with friend Mandy Deere, 54. The trio were killed after being hit by a car in Sutton Road on December 26.
Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of Doncaster husband and wife Andrew Tomlinson, 48 and Fay Tomlinson, 54 who died with friend Mandy Deere, 54. The trio were killed after being hit by a car in Sutton Road on December 26.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a husband and wife who died when a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians on Boxing Day.

Andrew Tomlinson, 48, and his wife Faye Tomlinson, 54, died following a collision in the Askern area of Doncaster along with Mandy Deere, 54.

Mourners packed into the churchyard at St Peter’s Church in Askern, spilling out onto the pavement.

In a statement released through police, the Tomlinson family said: “We would like to sincerely thank the community of Askern, and Doncaster, for their continued generosity with fund raising towards funeral costs for Andrew, Fay and Mandy.

“We are extremely humbled by the number of people who have donated, laid flowers, and attended the recent memorial to support our family and offer their condolences.

Ricky Joe Hepworth, 24, of Newmarche Drive in Askern, has appeared in court charged with three counts of death by dangerous driving, three counts of aggravated vehicle taking, three counts of causing a death while driving uninsured and unlicensed, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, January 25 2016. Hepworth has been remanded in custody.

The police charges accuse him of being uninsured and unlicensed and of failing to stop at the scene of the collision on Boxing Day night.

Hepworth is accused of being the driver of a blue Volvo S60 that hit the four pedestrians in a collision on Sutton Road at the junction with Manor Way in Askern.