'Devastated' families of three killed Doncaster Boxing Day horror smash pay tribute to crash victims

Andy and Fay Tomlinson and Mandy Deere died in the collision, while John Deere (right) remains critical.
Andy and Fay Tomlinson and Mandy Deere died in the collision, while John Deere (right) remains critical.

The families of three pedestrians killed in a horror crash last month, say they are 'completely heartbroken' over the tragic and sudden loss of their loved ones.

The families of Andrew Tomlinson, 48, Faye Tomlinson, 54, and Mandy Deere, 54, who were killed following a collision in Sutton Road, released this statement just moments ago.

"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.

"Boxing Day's tragic events have devastated our family, changing our lives forever, leaving behind nine children, 19 grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, who are completely heartbroken. There is now a huge hole in our family which will never be repaired.

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"Everyone’s thoughts and prayers for John's recovery are very much appreciated, and we kindly ask that our privacy continues to be respected throughout this devastating time."

John Deere, 57, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Ricky Joe Hepworth, aged 24, of Newmarche Drive in Askern has been charged with a string of offences, relating to the crash, including three counts of death by dangerous driving, a charge of aggravated vehicle taking as well as three counts of causing a death while driving uninsured and unlicensed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward,

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 968 of 26 December 2015.