Fam­ily’s grief over tragic death of teenager in road crash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

A DIS­TRESSED mother has paid trib­ute to her “ir­re­place­able” teenage daugh­ter who was killed in a car crash.

Beth Mark­wick was just four weeks short of her 16th birth­day when her life was cut cru­elly short on Thurs­day when the car she was trav­el­ling in over­turned on the A15 at Maxey.

A DIS­TRAUGHT mother has paid trib­ute to her “ir­re­place­able” teenage daugh­ter who was trag­i­cally killed in a car crash.

Pop­u­lar Beth Mark­wick was just four weeks short of her 16th birth­day when her life was cut cru­elly short on Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter the car in which she was trav­el­ling over­turned.

De­spite a des­per­ate bid by paramedics to save her, Beth died at the scene near the Maxey round­about on the A15, just south of Mar­ket Deep­ing.

The other peo­ple in the red Honda Ac­cord, the driver – a 23-year-old man from Peter­bor­ough – and her friends, two 16-year-old girls from Spald­ing and a 15-year-old girl from Langtoft, suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

Beth’s mother, Karen, of Wood­croft, Mar­ket Deep­ing, said she, her hus­band David and Beth’s broth­ers Drew (19) and Stu­art (8) were still in shock at los­ing their “ir­re­press­ible bun­dle of fun”.

She said: “We are still try­ing to take it in and make sense of what has hap­pened as she was just so full of life.

“From our ex­pe­ri­ence and what her friends are say­ing on Face­book she was some­one who al­ways spoke her mind and didn’t care what peo­ple thought.

“She loved her shop­ping, her fake nails, her mu­sic, but at the same time she was also very proud of the fact she could beat her broth­ers, dad and all her male friends on the com­puter game Call Of Duty. Most of all, Beth loved hav­ing fun and laugh­ing,”

Beth had been due to sit her English GSCE ex­ams on the day of the tragedy and Karen said she had spo­ken to her daugh­ter for the last time that morn­ing.

She said: “We were hav­ing a bit of a laugh and a joke about the exam and I said good luck, her last words to me were that it would be al­right.”

Yes­ter­day there was a wide­spread out­pour­ing of grief, with tears shed for the pop­u­lar and spir­ited teenager, as staff and class­mates at The Deep­ings School strug­gled to come to terms with the loss of Beth.

The news of her death comes as a mas­sive blow to the school as she is their fifth pupil to die on the roads in four years. Head­teacher Chris Beck­ett de­scribed the at­mos­phere as “som­bre and stunned”.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day he said: “We are bear­ing up. Beth’s year group have all tried to sit their GCSE maths exam this morn­ing and they have all done it, but with great dif­fi­culty.

“We gave them all break­fast this morn­ing and had assem­bly and prayers for Beth and our thoughts are with the fam­ily.

“A lot of the pupils have stayed around in school. Even last night, we had be­tween 100 to 150 pupils in school un­til 9pm. I don’t mind stay­ing open for them be­cause they wanted some­where to go and it’s their school.

“We have had five deaths in four years and we have been in­cred­i­bly un­lucky and desperately un­for­tu­nate.”

Beth was de­scribed as “very pop­u­lar” with a lot of friends and had been pre­dicted to get a very good set of GCSE re­sults.

Mr Beck­ett added: “She had a bit of spirit about her, a real livewire, but she was also well mo­ti­vated and she worked hard.

“She was a friend to ev­ery­body and was well re­spected by the younger chil­dren, she was lovely.”

A room at the school in Mar­ket Deep­ing has been set aside for flo­ral trib­utes and a book of con­do­lence has been opened. Friends have flocked to leave their own per­sonal mes­sages of loss.

Beth’s Face­book page is also full of hun­dreds of com­ments from friends, scores of whom have laid flow­ers in me­mory of Beth,

Pupil Laura Wood said Beth was “a much loved girl in our lo­cal vil­lage who has so many friends that will never for­get her” and Rox­anne Crow­son de­scribed her as “a nice, happy and funny girl who a good friend to ev­ery­one who knew her”.

In light of the tragedy, Beth’s mother said she just wanted to re­mind driv­ers to take care on the roads.

She added: “If I can just warn peo­ple and es­pe­cially young­sters to take care driv­ing and take care of them­selves.”

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer for Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice, Sergeant Steve Wat­son said: “I would like to speak to any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion or saw the ve­hi­cle in the mo­ments lead­ing up to the col­li­sion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Sgt Wat­son on 0345 456 4564.

A 23-year-old man ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing has been bailed to re­turn to Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion on July 12.

MUCH LOVED: Beth Mark­wick (15).

Ir­rE­PLaCE­aBLE: Pop­u­lar pupil Beth Mark­wick who was trag­i­cally killed.

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