Police name teenager killed in late-night horror crash

TRAGEDY -- the scene of the crash in Papplewick that claimed the life of 18-year-old Kyle Dooley
TRAGEDY -- the scene of the crash in Papplewick that claimed the life of 18-year-old Kyle Dooley

THE POLICE have revealed the name of a teenager who died in a horror car crash in Papplewick that also left the driver of the vehicle fighting for his life.

The smash happened at 11.50 pm on Monday May 9 on Forest Lane.

Kyle Dooley (18), of Top Valley, was killed when the silver Vauxhall Vectra he was a passenger in left the road and ploughed into some hay bales.

He was prounounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

The 19-year-old driver, who has not been named, is in a critical condition at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham after emergency surgery for a head injury.

Nottinghamshire Police has made a compulsory referral of the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because officers were among the first to arrive on the scene.

They had seen the vehicle earlier in the night but it has been confirmed, by a police spokesman, that there was no authorised pursuit.

Officers came across the vehicle shortly after the accident and bravely tried to pull the teenagers out of the car, which had caught fire.

Firefighters, including some from Hucknall, were at the scene until after 4 am on Tuesday.

A police investigation meant the section of Forest Lane was closed between its junction with Moor Road, at the Griffin’s Head pub, and the A60 Mansfield Road, until around 10 am on Tuesday. It caused traffic backlogs during rush hour.

Tributes have already been paid to Kyle and friends have gathered at the crash scene to lay bouquets of flowers.

Two pages dedicated to his memory have also been set up on the social-networking site, Facebook.

His former head teacher, Bernadette Groves, of Big Wood School, Warren Hill, said of Kyle: “He was one of those likeable rogues. He was the kind of person who was likely to go the extra mile for his friends.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who saw the car before the accident is asked to contact Det Con Tony Arins, of the crash investigation team, on 0300 3009999 (extension 816 2225).