Colchester: Driver in crash that killed student Cassie McCord, 16, dies

THE driver of a car that left a Colchester street and ploughed into three girls, killing one, has died.

THE driver of a car that left a Colchester street and collided with three girls, killing one, has died.

Colin Horsfall, 87, who was treated in hospital after the incident in Head Street in February, died at a care home last Friday.

Mr Horsfall had fallen ill and lost control of his Vauxhall Astra, which then mounted the pavement and collided with three girls.

One of them, Cassie McCord, 16, a student at The Sixth Form College, Colchester, suffered a serious head injury and a broken leg.


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Cassie, of Drury Road, Colchester, later died of her injuries at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

The tragedy, which happened at about 9am on February 7, left her trapped between the red Vauxhall Astra and the side of H&M clothes store.

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More than 200 people attended a funeral service for the popular student on March 18.

Her family said she was a typical teenager who loved fashion and shopping.

Her mother, Jackie, said: “She loved her family and spending time with them, particularly with her boyfriend Dan, brother Sam, and her cousin Eleanor.

“We have many happy memories from family holidays which she loved so much.

“She seemed to be able to do anything she put her mind to. Her family and friends will so desperately miss her.”

It later emerged that three days before the incident in Head Street Mr Horsfall had been spoken to by police following an incident in a supermarket car park.

Police said no-one was injured and only minor damage was caused following the incident at Tesco in Highwoods on February 4.

Police and the DVLA refused to comment on whether traffic officers took any action against Mr Horsfall after the incident.

But Essex Police confirmed they had launched an internal inquiry to establish exactly what happened on February 4.

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