Friends mass in cruise convoy to say farewell to tragic ‘Dollins’

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The mother of an 18-year-old Whitby man who was killed in a head-on collision last week has said she is overwhelmed by the support her family has received from her son’s friends.

Mum Sue Rollins said 88 cars showed up for a cruise in memory of her son Daniel on Sunday, which started at the Marina car park and headed along the A171 to the spot where Dan was killed.

“Daniel’s friends organised a convoy up there to all go up there together and pay their respects,” said Sue.

“I was overwhelmed, I couldn’t believe he had so many friends.”

While at the spot, at the Ugthorpe turn-off, balloons were let off and flowers were laid.

Sue also praised Dan’s little sister Tiff, who she said has been strong for the family. She’s also been supported by Dan’s friends, who have been like “big brothers” to her.

Three of Daniel’s closest mates stood and spoke about him. They were Ben Johansen, Adam Swalwell and Marcus Dring

“It was totally overwhelming. It’s helping me get through this, all his friends being and showing me how much they care.”

Sue also thanked the “fantastic” Whitby police, who ensured the memorial went off without a hitch by closing a portion of the road.

Whitby’s LP Dance Centre had also released some balloons in memory of Daniel, while competing in a dance competition at Cayton Bay.

A 60-year-old woman was also injured in the accident. A hospital update on her condition was not available.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

An inquest is yet to be held into the tragedy.