Memorial service marks 10th anniversary of death of Christopher Barlow, 19

Gazette & Herald: Christopher Barlow, 19, of Broughton, near Malton, who died in May 2004 Christopher Barlow, 19, of Broughton, near Malton, who died in May 2004

The 10th anniversary of a teenager killed in a car crash will be remembered at a special service tonight at a Ryedale church.

Christopher Barlow, 19, of Broughton, near Malton, was killed in May 2004 when a VW Golf car driven by a friend smashed into a bridge on the A170 Pickering to Kirkbymoorside road causing it to split into three pieces.

A court heard the car was driven at up to 74mph around a blind bend when it went out of control and slammed the passenger side into a wall on the bridge.

The victim, who lived in Beech Crescent, Broughton, had only begun work as a trainee engineer shortly before the crash in which the driver lost a leg.

The driver was subsequently jailed for two years at Leeds Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving and disqualified from driving for three years.

The service will be held at 7.30pm at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton.

It will be the fourth 10th anniversary service to be held at the church this year.

The first remembered Malton resident and hospital worker Joanna Rookes who was knocked down while unloading her car outside a house in Newbiggin, Malton, following a journey back from Scotland where she had been watching her beloved Celtic Football Club.

The second commemorated Lydia Purcell, 12, who died in hospital after being struck by a car as she crossed the road between Malton and Broughton near her home.

A third anniversary service was held recently commemorating Professor Patrick Nugent who founded the University of York.

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