Killed teen’s pals bid to make death- crash road safer

THE best friend of a Hucknall teenager who was killed in a road accident is trying to raise money to help finance safety improvements at the scene of the tragedy.

Fifteen-year-old Harrison Carlin, of Buckingham Avenue, died when he was in collision with a car while cycling along Forest Lane, Papplewick, on Sunday July 1.

A nearby resident has described the stretch of road where the accident happened as ‘notoriously dangerous’. It is a popular cut-through for motorists to reach Hucknall and the M1.

Harrison’s grieving pal, Jack Chaplin, also 15, and other friends are holding a fundraising event at the Griffin’s Head pub, Papplewick on Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Jack, who lives at Top Valley, is a pupil at Hucknall National Church of England Academy, which Harrison also attended.

He said the aim was to get Notts County Council to make the road safer with speed cameras, traffic-calming humps and a reduction in the speed limit.

“You often hear the county council saying it does not have enough money to do certain things,” said Jack. “So I am trying to provide the money they need to carry out these vital safety measures.

“The more funds we get, the better the chance is of making a change which could save a life.”

Jack said the Griffin’s Head was chosen for the fundraising effort because it is close to where the accident happened.

Attractions at the event will include a tug of war, five-a-side football, a magician, a bouncy castle, face painting, an ice-cream van, a beer tent and a raffle.

Forest Lane also claimed the life of 18-year-old Kyle Dooley, of Top Valley, who was a passenger in a car driven by his friend, Jake Fretwell (19), also of Top Valley, at about 90 mph on May 9 last year.

Fretwell was later sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

The National Academy was in mourning after the death of Harrison, who was described as a much-loved young man, and fellow pupils signed a book of remembrance. Five hundred people packed into Hucknall Parish Church for a celebration of Harrison’s life.

He leaves his mum, Michelle, and her husband, Jonathan Raynor, his dad, Craig, and his wife, Sharon, and a younger brother, Pierce.