Mum’s pain over Holly’s death

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN JAJECZNYK

ASHOCKED mother has paid trib­ute to her ‘won­der­ful’ daugh­ter who died in a car crash on her way to work, aged just 21.

Gail Kirby, 44, from Ac­cring­ton, has spo­ken of her shock and dev­as­ta­tion after the painful loss of her daugh­ter Holly Carter.

Holly was on her way to her job at McDon­ald’s at Dar­wen Ser­vices, when the tragedy oc­curred shortly be­fore 6am on Oc­to­ber 26.

She was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the col­li­sion, where her white Vaux­hall Corsa crashed into a tree near the Bent­ley Wood Farm pub in Hap­ton. Gail said: “I’m dev­as­tated, ob­vi­ously. Holly was a lovely girl, re­ally pleas­ant and happy all of the time.

“She was full of fun and a re­ally play­ful char­ac­ter - when­ever she took her younger sis­ter, Bethany, to the park, she’d go on the swings with her and things like that.”

Gail, who was liv­ing with her daugh­ter on Spruce­wood Close in Ac­cring­ton, said Holly was her­self a ded­i­cated mother and spend­ing time with her son was one of her favourite things to do

She said: “Holly was a nat­u­ral - she was a fan­tas­tic mother, who thought the world of her son.

“She be­came de­ter­mined to find a job and make a ca­reer for her­self. She’d just been pro­moted at work too.”

Gail said that Holly, who grew up in the Dar­wen area and went to St Bede’s high school in Black­burn, was an out­go­ing and so­cia­ble per­son who al­ways had fun from a very young age.

She said: “She mod­elled for a bal­let shop when she was young, she had an ideal child­hood and a good life.

“She was a friend to ev­ery­one who knew her. She had such a pleas­ant lov­ing per­son­al­ity.

“She will be sadly missed by her grand­par­ents, step­dad, aun­ties and un­cles and her work col­leagues.”

Holly also leaves her part­ner Brian and her step-fa­ther An­thony, her brother Daniel, and sis­ter Bethany.

Lan­cashire Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion into the col­li­sion.

Sgt Lee Har­ris said: “Th­ese are tragic cir­cum­stances and my thoughts are with the woman in­volved and her fam­ily at this time.

“If you saw the ve­hi­cle in­volved be­fore the in­ci­dent, or saw what hap­pened, please call us.

“Call 101 quot­ing log ref­er­ence 0197 of Oc­to­ber. 26.” An in­quest into Holly’s death is due to opened at the coroner’s of­fice in Pre­ston.

Holly Carter, 21, who died in a car crash on Oc­to­ber 26 and, left, with mum Gail Kirby

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