Heartache of crash family

Carly Notton's parents Mike and Coral with the signs and picture they have put up, where their daughter died on Garstang Road East, Poulton le Fylde
Carly Notton's parents Mike and Coral with the signs and picture they have put up, where their daughter died on Garstang Road East, Poulton le Fylde
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A GRIEVING family whose 17-year-old daughter died in a horrific car accident have spoken of their heartache after another young life was lost on the roads.

Mike and Coral Notton’s daughter Carly and her friend Danielle Lanchester died on November 28 last year when the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a tree.

Today as the couple, who live in Bennett Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded for more witnesses to the crash which claimed their daughter’s life, they said their hearts went out to the parents of tragic Elysia Ashworth.

St Annes teenager Elysia, also 17, died on July 13 – two days after the car she was travelling in skidded off the road and also crashed into a tree.

As Mr Notton, 48, left hand painted signs pleading for new information on Garstang Road East in Poulton, where the crash took place, he said: “My wife and I will never get over the pain of losing Carly.

“She was our only child, we idolised her and will never be able to put her to rest until we know exactly what happened and why their car left the road.

“Our hearts go out to the parents of Elysia Ashworth, they must be going through hell.

“The pain of losing Carly has very nearly killed us, we will never be the same and hate that this has happened to another family.

“I don’t think teenagers should be able to drive at all, they don’t know what they’re doing, the legal age should change to 21.”

No date has been set for the inquests into the deaths of Carly and Danielle. Police and accident investigators have prepared a report into the crash which has been passed on to the coroner’s office.

The boyfriends of the two girls, who were aged 18 and 20, were travelling in an accompanying car and were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. But they were later released without charge.

Mrs Notton, 43, said the family still desperately want answers.

She added: “We just hope someone will see these signs and remember something which will give us the answers we need.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We have carried out a full and thorough investigation into the cause of the collision and found no evidence to prosecute any other motorist.

“The findings of the investigation have now been referred to the coroner.

“This was an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts remain with both families.

“They have been supported by specialist officers throughout the investigation and we will continue to do everything we possibly can.”