Casualties named and tributes following Catterick Garrison fatal collision

3 February 2014

Police have now named the two people who died as the result of the single vehicle collision near Catterick Garrison.


They were Mark McKeen, who was aged 23 and from Northern Ireland, who was driving the car, and his passenger Codie Richardson, who was 20 and from Stockton-on-Tees.

The traffic collision occurred at 8.05pm on Saturday 1 February 2014 and involved a Seat Ibiza.

The dates for the inquests have not yet been arranged.

Speaking on behalf of The Royal Dragoon Guards, Major Hugh Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, said: Trooper Mark McKeen was a well rounded individual and a first class soldier; his loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him. He was a popular and engaging member of the Regiment. He served with great courage and dedication on two difficult and dangerous tours of Afghanistan.

His untimely loss is a terrible tragedy but his memory will always be cherished by The Royal Dragoon Guards and those of us fortunate enough to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Private Codie Richardson had only been with the Regiment for five months, but had made a very positive impression on both her Squadron and the Catering Department. Outgoing, keen and personable, she was always willing to take on new challenges.

She embraced being in a Cavalry Regiment and seized the opportunity to take up horse riding. She was also a very caring, considerate person and always put the needs of others first. Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by the Regiment.




Please note that the vehicle involved in the collision was a seat Ibiza and not a Seat Leon as originally believed.


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