Community shock at teenager's death

A SMALL community was in shock last night following the death of a “quiet and sensible” teenage girl who was killed riding pillion on the back of her father's motorbike.

A SMALL community was in shock last night following the death of a “quiet and sensible” teenage girl who was killed riding pillion on the back of her father's motorbike.

Rebecca Fenton, of Bemerton Gardens, Kirby Cross, died on Tuesday evening when her 40-year-old father, Desmond, was involved in a fatal collision with a Land Rover Freelander in Colchester.

The father and daughter had been travelling on a Honda motorcycle heading from Colchester to Mersea along Mersea Road around 8pm when the accident happened.

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca was declared dead at the scene, while her father was rushed to Colchester General Hospital, where he is being treated for serious leg injuries.


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Yesterday, Carol Baker, a neighbour of the Fenton family, said the whole street was overcome with grief.

She said: “Everyone here is dumbfounded. The poor girl just went out with her dad - now she's not coming home.”

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Mrs Baker said Rebecca was one of three “lovely” girls, who were inseparable. “God knows what Jackie, their mother, is going through. They were all so happy together – playing, shopping and doing things as a family.

“You see so many teenagers who are brats – Rebecca was so different to that image, she was a gorgeous kid.

“It only seems to happen to nice people – it's not a fair world.”

Yesterday, staff at Frinton's Tendring Technology and Sixth Form College, where Rebecca was a pupil, were helping to console her grieving friends.

A spokesman for the college said: “Our prayers are with her family and her friends at this very sad time.

“It is always tragic when a young person's life is brought to an untimely end. We feel this especially because she was a member of the college and we know of her contribution to the life of the college.

“The loss of the future potential is keenly felt by all of us here.”

The driver of the Freelander, who lives in Chelmsford, suffered from shock but was otherwise uninjured.

Police are appealing for another motorcyclist, thought to have overtaken the Honda in the moments leading up the crash, to come forward with information.

Anyone else who saw either vehicle before the collision or witnessed the accident itself is asked to contact Pc Paul Barry at Stanway Traffic Unit on 01206 762512.

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