Parents could begin legal bid

Michael and Coral Notton outside Fleetwood Magistrates' Court.
Michael and Coral Notton outside Fleetwood Magistrates' Court.
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THE heartbroken parents of Carly Notton today said they were considering legal action over the crash which claimed the life of their daughter.

Michael and Coral Notton of Bennett Avenue, Blackpool, say they are looking into a private prosecution.

Carly was in the passenger seat when Danielle Lanchester’s Renault Clio left Garstang Road East, Poulton, struck a tree and rolled into a ditch.

Danielle’s fiancé Dylan Greenwood was following behind in his Ford Fiesta with friend Corey Lotriet in the passenger seat.

The hearing at Fleetwood recorded a verdict of accidental death, but Mr Notton said: “I’m not happy with it.

“There was no chance that car was only doing 50mph looking at the damage to it.”

Mr Notton claimed the boyfriends’ original statements had been declared inadmissible and they had made new ones in June this year.

In a written statement he said: “We are also shocked and hurt Greenwood and Lotriet haven’t said sorry or made an apology of any sort, not even a condolence or sympathy card.

“We feel statements given seven months after death could be subject to correlation and are considering a private prosecution against Greenwood and Lotriet and are requesting the original statements before deciding the best interest of Carly.”

At the time of the accident Mr Greenwood and Mr Lotriet were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but were later released without charge.

Lancashire Police Inspector David Old said: “I would like to pass my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of Carly Notton and Danielle Lanchester. This was a tragic incident which has left two families completely devastated.

“ I can only hope the conclusion of the inquest will bring them some closure and they can begin to at least try to move forward with their lives, although I fully appreciate these are deaths you can never get over.

“Lancashire Police carried out a detailed inquiry into the cause of the collision and all possible contributing factors were investigated thoroughly.

“This has been a very difficult investigation for all involved due to the tragic circumstances.”

Miss Lanchester and Miss Notton were both 17, and were studying to be nail technicians at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Ansdell Campus.

In the days after the crash old schoolfriends of the girls walked to the scene of the crash to lay floral tributes.