Sister’s warning to young drivers after Dan’s death

The scene of an accident on the Guisborough road near the Ugthorpe turning''w134204c
The scene of an accident on the Guisborough road near the Ugthorpe turning''w134204c
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A Whitby teenager whose brother died after he crashed his car at high speed has taken part in a police campaign to try and help prevent other road accidents.

Tiffany Rollins’ beloved older brother Dan (18) was killed almost instantly from multiple injuries when he lost control of his car on a bend and crashed into an oncoming vehicle in October last year.

Now the Caedmon College pupil (15) is backing Brake Road Safety Week, which starts today (Monday).

She has made a video to highlight the deep loss she feels as she grows up without her brother by her side.

In it she talks about that fateful night when she heard the news her brother, who was driving back from work to have his tea, never made it home.

Tiffany shows previously unseen treasured pictures of her and Dan as babies and also appeals to his mates and other young drivers to think about speed and the potentially tragic consequences.

She said: “Dan meant everything to me, we were really close. He was like a dad and a best friend and now my life has changed forever.

“If everyone who drives knew what it feels like to lose someone close to you from a car accident, then they wouldn’t speed.

“My brother was going to be the person that walked me down the aisle if I ever got married - he meant the world to me.

“When I go home I expect to hear the shower going and him singing in the shower, or asking ‘what’s for tea?’. All these little things remind me of Dan and I would give anything to have him back.

“I want people to watch my story and take notice of what can happen.

“Speed might get you there faster, but you might not get there at all.

“I hope this does not happen to another family because it’s a horrible pain that never leaves you.”

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick of North Yorkshire Police is also the chairman of “95 Alive” the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership.

He added: “Tiffany’s story shows the devastation that hits families when a loved one dies in such tragic and avoidable circumstances.

“I sincerely hope after watching Tiffany’s video, that drivers - both young and old - will remember her message and drive safely. Even if just one precious life is saved, the video will have done its job.”

To see the video click here and watch via Youtube