TEARS AND TRIBUTES FOR BETH
Family’s grief over tragic death of teenager in road crash
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.