Fundraiser set up for child actor and aunt who were killed in Penge horror crash

PUBLISHED: 13:05 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 30 May 2017

Alexandra Recreation Ground in Lennard Road, Penge, where two people were killed in a crash last year.

Alexandra Recreation Ground in Lennard Road, Penge, where two people were killed in a crash last year.


Money raised will go toward a memorial bench

Money is being raised to pay tribute to a child actor and his aunt who were killed in an horrific crash in Penge last summer.

Makayah McDermott, 10 and Rozanne ‘Rosie’ Cooper, 34, were killed when 23-year-old Joshua Dobby crashed a stolen vehicle into the family while driving away from police in Lennard Road, Penge on August 31.

Makayah and Ms Cooper were both pronounced dead at the scene, while three girls were taken to hospital.

One of the girls, Makayah’s 13-year-old sister, Yahla, is still recovering from the serious leg injuries suffered in the crash.

In March, Dobby was handed a 12-year prison sentence after admitting manslaughter, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and dangerous driving, relating to a separate offence five days before the crash.

He was banned from driving for 15 years, and will serve a minimum of eight years of his full sentence.

Now a community group has set up a fundraiser in a bid to create a memorial bench in Alexandra Recreation Ground, where the family were bound before the tragic crash.

Christopher O’Shaughnessy, who set up the GoFundMe webpage on behalf of the Friends of Cator Park and the recreation ground, said: “It seems a fitting way to remember them, especially as Makayah was a keen footballer and the family frequently visited the park.

“We intend to have the bench inscribed with a stainless steel plaque and situated opposite the football area. We have the support of the family in this endeavour.

“The friends will be grateful for any contribution large or small towards this project. The overall cost is £1,650 and it will be fixed in place on a brick base by the Bromley Parks contractors, ID Verde. We are limiting the appeal to £2,000 to cover unexpected extra costs and/or plant a tree in their memory.”

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