ter a night out when he lost control of the Honda Civic early yesterday. It careered off the road and split in two as it hit a tree. Antonia and Tom, who were in the back, died instantly. Michael lost his fight for life after being rushed to hospital. Police later revealed the car had not been stolen, but it is unclear if the owner – believed to be a relative – knew who was driving it. Friends lay flowers, cuddly toys and tributes at the scene of the accident on the A630 near Conisbrough, South Yorks. All three youngsters are thought to be from the Doncaster area. One hand-written message said: “Sorry you have gone from us too soon, you will always have a place in my heart and will be forever missed in our lives. Love you forever. Tazmin.” Antonia, who would have been 15 next week, and Tom – brother of her best pal Catherine
– were both pupils at McAuley Catholic High in Balby. Schoolmate Devon Cairns, 15, fought back tears yesterday as she placed flowers at the scene with her paren
ts. She said: “Antonia was always smiling and will nev
er be forgotten. She was a really popular girl. “I heard about the accident on Facebook and could hardly take it in. I just burst out crying. We can’t believe she’s gone.” The 4.30am crash was the second to claim the lives of
three teenagers in the area in just four weeks. Both accidents – just four miles apart – were attended by the same crew of firefighters. Jon Torn, station manager with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, was first on the scene of the latest carnage. He said: “When I saw it was another three teenagers my heart sank. I can’t even imagine what the poor parents are going through.” He added: “They aren’t bad kids. It’s just w
hen you take charge of a car, you are in charge of a lethal weapon.” Police Supt Keith Lumley said the crash was repor
ted by a passing motorist. He said: “The road was cold, wet and probably icy. It appears the driver lost control and veered off the road.” Chief Supt Keith Lumley said his officers were working hard with local teenagers to raise awareness of road safety. He added: “There are so many questions which need to be answered in relation to this accident, but at the moment we are working to give the families of the victims all the support we can.” The previous crash, at nearby Mexborough on December 27, claimed the lives of Robert Ryan Tepper and Jonathan Scott, both 17, and Lauren Birkett, 16.