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First anniversary of tragic Pulham crash which killed three teenagers to be marked with emotional road run

PUBLISHED: 14:37 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:07 28 March 2018

Last year's road run in memory of Billy Hines, Dominic O'Neill and Kyle Warren. A similar event will be held this year to mark the first anniversary of the crash. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

Last year's road run in memory of Billy Hines, Dominic O'Neill and Kyle Warren. A similar event will be held this year to mark the first anniversary of the crash. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

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Hundreds of friends of three much-loved teenagers tragically killed in a road crash will mark the first anniversary of their deaths with an emotional road run in their memory.

From left, Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market. Picture: WARREN, O'NEILL AND HINES FAMILIESFrom left, Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market. Picture: WARREN, O'NEILL AND HINES FAMILIES

In a show of solidarity, approximately 300 people are set to meet at Morrisons car park in Diss to remember Kyle Warren, 17 Dominic O’Neill, 18, and Billy Hines, 16.

The popular trio died when black Ford Ka they were travelling in came off the road in Pulham Market and hit a tree on April 5 last year.

Their deaths caused an outpouring of grief across the community, with hundreds of people attending each of the boys’ funerals and a shrine with numerous flowers remaining at the scene of the accident to this day.

Tributes for the boys, who grew up in the area and went to school in Harleston and Eye, dominated social media in the days and weeks after the crash - not least from each of the teenagers’ families who described the void each of them had left in their lives.

“I will never get over losing my son,” Dominic’s mother, Davina O’Neill, said.

“It’s left a huge void I don’t think I’ll be able to fill.”

However each of the families paid tribute to the enormous support they received from people in the community, who rallied round to hold memorial events in the aftermath of the crash and be there at the most difficult of times.

Some even accompanied Ms O’Neill to Southwold on Christmas Day, as the coastal resort was mother and son’s special place which they often visited together. It is also the place where he has been laid to rest, after she scattered his ashes at the end of Southwold Pier.

The memorial road run - to be held on Sunday, April 8 - will match the similar event held in the days after the accident last year, held because the boys were known to love cars.

After meeting at Morrisons car park, the assembled vehicles will set off in a convoy along the A143 to Great Yarmouth, escorted by police.

Lanyards with the boys’ names printed on them will be sold at the event, with money raised being given to a selected charity.

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