Two 18-year-olds killed in Cumbria road crash named
A third 18-year-old remains in a critical condition after the crash near the village of Bootle.
Police have named two teenagers killed in a road crash in Cumbria.
Skye Olivia Mitchell, 18, and Caitlin Lydia Huddleston, 18, both from Millom, were pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on Friday night.
Ms Mitchell was the driver and Ms Huddleston the front seat passenger in a Toyota Yaris which was in collision with a Ford Transit Connect van on the A595 near the village of Bootle.
A third 18-year-old local woman who was the back seat passenger remains in a critical condition after she was flown by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital.
The 51-year-old local male driver of the van was flown by air ambulance to Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, where his condition is said to be serious but stable.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred at about 7.55pm between the green Toyota travelling from the Millom direction and the white van travelling in the opposite direction.
A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: “Specially trained officers are supporting the families at this time.
“Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to contact police on 101, or email email@example.com, quoting log number 230 of July 14.”
In a tribute, Ms Mitchell’s family said: “Skye was a popular, kind, caring girl who raised money for various charities. She made the most of her 18 years, embracing every opportunity that came her way.
Police confirm identities of two local 18 year old women who died in yesterday's A595, Bootle, Cumbria collision. https://t.co/BMPY2FQbFM— Cumbria Police (@Cumbriapolice) July 15, 2017
“Skye made the world a better place and Skye’s world was a wonderful world to be in.
“Skye will be very sadly missed by her mam Sharon Fry, dad Ian Mitchell, step-mam Margo, sisters Candice and Millie, her grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, boyfriend Aidan and her many, many friends who all loved her dearly.
“They will all miss the daily hugs she gave them.”
The youngster had recently completed her A-levels and was looking forward to studying broadcast journalism at the University of Salford later this year.
Ms Mitchell won the Junior Miss North West title in 2014 and a year later launched an anti-bullying campaign after she was bullied over her looks when she was younger. She released a photograph of herself with the numerous taunts she had received written on her face.