Garden to remember tragic pals

By Louise Male THEY should have been celebrating bubbly Caroline Wright's 20th birthday.

But instead friends and family of the young woman gathered in Leeds on Sunday to mourn her tragic death at a

specially-dedicated memorial garden.

Caroline, of Outgang Lane, Bramley, died in a horror car smash which took the lives of five people, including her best friend and next-door neighbour Leanne Regan.

The landlord of the Sandford Arms in Bramley, Lee Harper, and pals Geoff Smith and Les Gedge, have created a memorial garden at the back of the pub. Two benches bear the names of Barney, as Caroline was known, and Leanne.

On July 3, there will be another gathering in the garden for a dedication to Leanne on what would have been her 19th birthday.

Caroline's father Charlie Wright said: "It has been a difficult day for us all, especially Caroline's five sisters.

"But the garden looks fantastic and we are over the moon to have this to remember Caroline.

"She is really missed and had a lot of friends around here. It is nice to see the benches dedicated to her and Leanne sitting next to each other in the garden. They went to school together and did everything together."

Charlie was joined by his five daughters, grand-daughter and step-son along with other family members and friends to remember Caroline.

Sister Lisa, 22, said tearfully: "The garden is beautiful. We are really happy with it, but it is a sad day for us all."

Best friends Leanne and Caroline were back-seat passengers and died at the scene of the crash on July 16 last year.

Miss Regan's cousin Lyndsey Heaps, 22, of Model Road, Armley, with her in the back seat, also died at the scene.

Another killed was James Cummins, 32, who is thought to have been driving the Vauxhall Cavalier at speed when it plunged 40ft onto a slip road off the Leeds inner ring road. He died in hospital several hours after the crash.

Front-seat passenger Mark Crawford, 20, died at the scene.

Mr Crawford and Mr Cummins were cousins who were just getting to know one another.

Mr Cummins, who was fostered as a child, got in touch with his cousin just two weeks before the crash.

Both were living in Wensleydale Rise, Bramley.

louise.male@ypn.co.uk