Father of Peterborough teenager killed in road accident thanks car clubs for support and issues plea for safe driving.
The father of teenager Cain Martin, who was killed in a traffic accident on Saturday (November 21), has paid tribute to his son, thanked car clubs for their support and issued a plea for safe driving in the city.
Cain (19) passed away following an accident on the B1167 New Cut, Thorney at 11.20am when his Black BMW collided with a Black Toyota Hilux.
Emergency services attended but sadly Cain died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the Toyota were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Cain lived in Kirkmeadow, Bretton with his mother, step-father and three siblings, he attended Jack Hunt school and had a passion for cars.
Cain’s father Ernie Hebblethwaite said his son was a part of several car clubs based around the city and thanked members for the support they have offered the family since the tragedy.
Mr Hebblethwaite said members from the SEND It Central, Ohana, Hard Knox and Static Status car clubs held an informal gathering on Sunday to pay tribute to Cain and he had been to attend.
The groups also started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Cain’s funeral and have so far raised more than £2000 in two days.
The family ise looking into what to do with any left over money and are considering donating it to road safety awareness charities.
Mr Hebblethwaite said: “ The event was intense and so surreal, their support has been unbelievable, I’m overwhelmed with it.
“I’ll be in debt to them for the rest of my life for the support they have shown.
“For me, I thought car clubs and car groups were just a bunch of yobs that drove round and made noise, that’s what many might think. But the people I have met have shown so much support to my family.
“Cain’s funeral is now paid for because of them, I can’t tell you how much that means. They’ve really rallied together.
“Losing Cain is, hopefully, the hardest thing I’m ever going to have to go through and dealing with this without their support would be impossible.”
Mr Hebblethwaite said his family have been devastated by Saturday’s tragedy and said their thoughts were also with the other people injured in the collision.
He said: “My condolences go out to the injured parties in the other vehicles. I pray they can recover as soon as possible and move forward with their lives.”
He added: “Cain was the most loving, outgoing and selfless person I’ve ever met, nothing was too much for Cain. I don’t drive anymore and he’d happily drive to London to do something for me, he’d pick me up, drop me off, whatever I needed, he’d do anything for anybody.
“It’s so hard to describe your son when he’s not here anymore, especially when he’s the spitting image of you from what people tell you.
“He was argumentative, stubborn, always right in his own head and I’m exactly the same but he was loving and caring too.
“When he was younger, he had a passion for Xbox. I lived in Blackpool back then and every time I bought an Xbox game I had to buy it three times, one for me and then one for Broden (his brother) and Cain and we’d all sit and spend our evenings playing together online, so I was there every night.
“His passion when he got older was his cars. He owned in excess of 20 cars after he passed his test. He actually paid for it all himself and managed to pass his test first time, when he was 17, after only one lesson which was a very impressive achievement.
“He was a very stubborn, independent person but he was very much family-orientatied, his siblings idolised him and he will be missed forever.”
Mr Hebblethwaite said a date for the funeral is yet to be confirmed but the service will be live streamed and there are plans for a convoy to drive down Cain’s favourite road, between the crematorium and Marholm, to celebrate his life and the family are consulting the police about staging an approved event.
After experiencing the devastating consequences a car accident can have, Mr Hebblthwaite has urged all motorists to drive safely in future.
He added: “What happened to my son was an accident and he paid the ultimate price.
“The last time I saw him, I put my arms around him and my final words were ‘I love you and drive safe’.
“All I would stress to everybody, whether you’re young, old or you’ve been driving 30 years, is just drive safely.”
He also thanked other motorists who helped at the scene of Saturday’s collision.
“I would also like to say a personal thank you to the people that were first on the scene,” he said.
“I know the driver who arrived [on the scene and reported the accident] has been struggling to deal with the situation and I am willing to meet up with them, I don’t want any more lives to be ruined by this situation.”
A link to the GoFundMe for Cain’s funeral costs can be found here.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the vehicles in the moments leading up to the incident.
Anyone with information should report online or call 101 quoting incident 161 of 21 November.