City of Bath College tribute to ex-student Rhiannon Priestley after M4 motorway tragedy
A former student at City of Bath College has died in a horrific motorway accident.
Rhiannon Priestley’s death on the M4 near Bristol came less than 24 hours after current college student Kirsty Bowen was killed in a crash in Bath itself at the weekend.
Former Ralph Allen pupil Rhiannon, who lived at Batheaston, died after her car left the carriageway of the motorway in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 20-year-old, who had been working at the Radley store in Bath and at the George and Dragon pub in her home village, had also been taught at Bathampton Primary School.
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She had been a travel and tourism student at the city centre college between 2008 and 2010.
A statement from the college said she was “remembered by many staff who had the pleasure of teaching her.”
It added: “Our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences are with Kirsty and Rhiannon’s families at this distressing and difficult time.”
Rhiannon had been leaving the motorway at junction 19 when her car left the carriageway.
It is understood that she left her vehicle and was then hit by a number of passing cars. She died at the scene.
The motorway was closed for a number of hours while police dealt with the incident.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 1am, to contact them on 101.
The Bath Chronicle reflects on the double tragedy that has hit the city in this week's edition.