Tragedy as teen best friends die in crash on way back from beach

Tributes have been paid to two teenage best friends who were killed in a car crash in Lincolnshire after returning home from a day at the seaside.

Jennifer Woodhouse, 18, from Arnold, Nottinghamshire, and Lara Meldrum, 19, who lived in Alfreton, Derbyshire, were involved in a fatal accident on June 17, on the A158 at Hagworthingham, after a black Peugeot collided with a black Volvo.

They had enjoyed a trip to the beach together on the hottest day of the year, but tragically never made it home, the Daily Mirror reports.

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The pals were treated for their injuries, but they both later died and police would still like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dashcam footage of the collision.

They were due to start studying together at Sheffield Hallam University in September and family members have been describing how much they were loved.

Jennifer’s family said: “She was a force of nature, a beautifully kind-hearted, hard-working, caring and empathetic young woman with the whole world ahead of her.

“She was our beautiful, little star. We are all privileged to have had her in our lives. She was absolutely hilariously funny with an intelligent sense of humour that never failed.

“She had a deeply rooted sense of morals and principles and lived by what she believed.

“She just loved people and above all she believed in and championed all of her family, sticking by them through everything.

“She was a whirlwind of energy and would go from baking cakes, to dancing, to painting, to playing with her dog, Kevin.

“She lived life to the fullest and looked to the future, always planning, and saving for her travels or for her car, or for whatever she wanted.”

Lara’s family also paid tribute in a statement issued via police and said: “Friends to the end.

“Lara was a fun-loving girl whose kind and caring nature touched so many of her friends all over the country.

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“Her friendships remained close and in some cases stronger despite the distances.

“We have never known anyone with so many 'best friends', something that so many proudly called her.

“We will miss her jumping on our bed every night to chat before we slept. We will miss her taking days to bring her washing and dishes down.

“We will miss her stealing our phones and taking random pictures without us knowing.

“We will miss her charming ability to get a lift to college despite having just been given money for the bus.

“We will miss her fake tan that made her look like a tiger loaf on day three. We will miss her so much.”


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