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Tributes paid to tragic Pershore crash victims
4:19pm Tuesday 12th June 2012 in News
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Statement from West Mercia Police:
Tributes have been paid to three members of the same family killed in a collision that occurred near Pershore this weekend.
At around 12.35am on Saturday (9 June), a black Nissan 200 SX Coupe driving along the B4084 came off the road and collided with a tree at Avon Bank close to Pershore Agricultural College.
Emergency services were called to the scene but the driver and his front seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene a short time after they arrived. They were 22-year-old Luke Morris and his partner Elizabeth Stanley, aged 24, both of Kidderminster. A man and a woman who were in the rear of the vehicle were taken to hospital but the woman was also pronounced dead a short time later.
She has been named as Rebecca Townsend, aged 26 of Wick, Pershore, who was Mr Morris's sister.
Family members have today given consent for the police to confirm that the second man in the car was Rebecca's husband, Craig Townsend. He is currently being cared for at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition with multiple injuries.
Elizabeth and Luke leave a three-year-old daughter, Ella Rebecca Ann Morris, while Elizabeth also had a son from a previous relationship, six-year-old Wyatt Philip Stanley.
Elizabeth also leaves behind her father, Dean Stanley and stepmother Michele, mother Charmaine and stepfather Alan. She had four brothers, Richard, Billy, Charlie and Ashley Stanley, grandmothers Pat and Mary, and aunts Andrea and Eva.
A tribute from her family reads: "Elizabeth was a bubbly girl and a loving daughter. Her life was dedicated to her children and she and Luke loved spending days out with them.
"They also spent many happy hours with Becky and Craig. She attended Birchen Coppice Primary School in Kidderminster before moving onto Harry Cheshire High School. She was always doing something different, willing to give anything a try. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. She also loved animals, particularly her two dogs."
Becky Townsend had two children, James, aged 6, and Aimee, 4, from a previous relationship.
Luke and Becky leave behind father Paul Morris, stepmother Lucy Morris, mum Josephine Platt and stepfather Lee Platt.
A tribute from The Morris family reads: "Luke and Becky leave behind an extended family and many friends who, along with their parents and step parents, are devastated by what's happened.
"Luke and Becky were inseparable from an early age. They were always there for each other. We are all very proud of them; nobody had a bad word to say about either of them."
"Both went to St Ambrose Catholic Primary School before moving onto Wolverly CE Secondary School. Becky had worked as a carer whilst Luke worked as an electrician for Powertest, which took him all over the country. They loved animals and of course were dedicated to their children, who they loved dearly."
Their father Paul added: "The proudest day of my life was when I gave Becky away on her wedding day; she looked so beautiful."
All family members have expressed how no words can describe the devastation they all feel at the loss of three members of their family. They will be greatly missed.
Police officers continue to investigate the cause of the collision and are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone who believes they may have information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 20S 090612.
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