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Leicestershire memorial event for road crash death women

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Media captionA memorial garden was opened to remember Jade Srawley and Amelia Ecob

A memorial event has been held to remember two young women who died in a road crash in Leicestershire.

Jade Srawley and Amelia Ecob, both 20, from Battram, were killed in a four-vehicle collision on Bagworth Road, in Barlestone, on 27 January 2011.

Hundreds of people attended the opening of a garden in Battram to celebrate their lives.

Ms Srawley's father Lee said they raised more than £10,000 to fund tributes to "help the healing process".

'Come and reflect'

"People were saying 'what can we do? Where can we go?', to go to the crash site was not really an option and not very nice," he said.

"So we decided to do some fundraising and raised over £10,000 and with the help of local businesses, friends and family we've come to where we are now, it's been amazing."

Ms Ecob's mother Jane said the memorial garden was "wonderful and an excellent place for people to come and reflect".

"It's for anybody in the community, in the village, family and friends... it's not just to remember the girls but to reflect about any events in their own lives," she said.

A 21-year-old, from Bradford, who has been charged with two counts of causing death by careless driving, is due to appear at Hinckley Magistrates Court on 3 July.

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