Tributes to Bath car crash tragedy teenager Kirsty Bowen
Tributes have been paid to an 18-year-old woman from Bath who died in a car crash over the weekend.
Kirsty Bowen, who had celebrated her milestone birthday only two days earlier, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning when the Peugeot 205 she was driving collided with a parked car in Weston, and overturned.
Two passengers suffered minor injuries in the crash at Crown Road and were taken to the Royal United Hospital for treatment, but have since been discharged.
A sea of flowers, cards, pictures and teddy bears have been placed at the scene and tributes have been posted on Facebook and on Twitter.
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Bath football team AFC Durbin United cancelled their game scheduled for Saturday afternoon out of respect for the teenager.
Kirsty was a former pupil at Hayesfield School and had just started the second year of a health and social care course at the City of Bath College.
A statement from the college said: “Students and staff at the City of Bath College are deeply saddened by the death of health and social care student Kirsty Bowen who had just celebrated her 18th birthday. Kirsty was involved in a fatal car accident near the RUH this weekend.
“Kirsty successfully completed her level 2 programme at the college last year and had made a positive start to her level 3 course. She will be fondly remembered by all those here who knew her.
“Our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences are with Kirsty’s family at this distressing and difficult time.”
Her death came just 24 hours before another woman from Bath was killed in a separate accident, on the M4 near Bristol.
The 20-year-old, who has not yet been officially named, was 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.
Duty Inspector Rob Pearson said: “For some reason the person left the car and wandered onto the live carriageway where they were struck by numerous vehicles. It is a very sad incident.”
Police are now appealing for witnesses and information about both accidents, the one on Saturday which happened around 2am and the one on Sunday which happened at around 1am.
People should contact the collision investigation unit on 101.