Tribute night to mark year since death of Dan

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A fundraising tribute night was held this week to mark the first anniversary since a popular Whitby teen died in a horror car smash.

Dan Rollins, known as Dollins to his friends and family, died on the night of Tuesday October 15 last year.

He was on his way home to his mum’s house for his tea when his car was in collision with two other vehicles on the A171 Guisborough Road.

Dan, 18, died at the scene and the two other female motorists were left seriously injured and shaken by the crash.

On the anniversary his mum, Sue, held an event at the Met hotel with proceeds going towards a defibrillator machine outside Spring Vale Medical Centre.

Entry was sold out before Wednesday night’s event with 250 people snapping up specially made ‘Dollins’ wristbands.

On the inside they had an image of his tattoo and his birth and death date.

Around £3,000 had been raised beforehand with donations for the equipment coming from Dan’s family and friends.

The door staff and venue were provided free of charge and local band Vampire Prawns took to the stage for nothing too.

Sue of Westbourne Road told the Gazette: “A few months after he died I said I wanted to keep his memory alive – it is a way of not letting anyone forget him.”

His pals wore green, which was his favourite colour, like they did for his funeral and a minute’s silence was held at 7.42pm - an hour after the time which Sue thinks he died.

She said: “That is the time that I believe he died but the event didn’t start til 7pm but we made a joke of it because he was never on time for anything.”

Dan’s pride and joy was his car, a Seat Leon, which he was driving on that fateful night.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) his mates will be doing a ‘drive out’ to the scene of the accident to lay some flowers.

Sue said: “Everybody says about the anniversary but every day is a bad day.

“It doesn’t feel like a year, it’s as if it was a couple of months ago.

“You learn to live with it but I still can’t believe it. I still believe he will come home and that is how I try and get through it. I block the reality out.

“It was more emotional on Wednesday.

“His grave is covered in flowers and I had to stop looking at the messages on Facebook.

“I will read them but I could do nothing for crying.”