Tributes paid to grandfather who died in double death crash in Chadwell Heath
PUBLISHED: 12:52 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 July 2013
The family of a grandfather who died in a road accident which also killed a teenage girl have spoken of their devastation.
Lauren Brown was walking home at around 9.50pm on Friday when she was struck by a van being driven by 51-year-old Steve Tilbury near the junction of Whalebone Lane South and Crow Lane in Chadwell Heath
Steve died at the scene, while Lauren was taken by ambulance to Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel with head and abdominal injuries and died some time later.
Steve, who lived locally, leaves behind wife Linda, two children and three grandchildren.
His daughter Louise Tilbury said: “He was a loved husband, dad, and granddad. We are absolutely devastated by his death. We are also grieving for the young girl’s family.”
In a message left at the scene of the crash, Linda wrote: “So, so sorry that your life has been taken so young. A double tragedy. Hope you both get to heaven together and he can tell you what happened cos I don’t know why.”
Lauren’s mum said she was too devastated to talk at this stage but one of her best friends, Molly Galvin-Law, 17, paid tribute.
“Everyone loved her,” she told the Post. “If you were feeling down, she would be there to cheer you up. I have spent almost every day with her for the past seven years. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her. I can’t believe this has happened.”
Former St Edward’s C of E school pupil Lauren lived in Crow Lane with her family and was studying beauty at Havering College.
Revd Alan Perry, Headteacher at St Edward’s, said: “She was a really lovely student. She had an excellent attendance record and an excellent attitude to her studies.”
“The impact this has had [at the school] has been quite incredible really. All of our students in Year 12 have been very affected by this situation.”
Crow Lane resident Jamie White, 28, described his street as a “death trap”. “There have been far too many serious accidents. They have already put up a metal fence because a car went on to the railway tracks once and have made it one-way, but more obviously needs to be done.”
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