Gallery: Hundreds pay tribute to tragic friends

HUNDREDS of tributes have been paid to two young women killed after a car ploughed into them as they walked home from a party in the early hours of Saturday morning.

HUNDREDS of tributes have been paid to two young women killed after a car ploughed into them as they walked home from a party in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Good friends Kate Wasyluk and Emma Harold were just 220 yards from home, when a silver Citroen Saxo collided with them on the pavement in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Despite life-saving efforts of the paramedics on the scene, the women - who were thrown metres apart by the impact - were pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Ipswich Hospital.

A third girl involved in the crash, Emma's 25-year-old sister Beccy , is today in a stable condition in intensive care at the hospital.

The occupants of the car, a 20-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, both from Ipswich, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The man is being treated in Ipswich Hospital for a suspected fractured collarbone, where he remains under police guard.

The woman has now been bailed to return to Ipswich Police Station on March 18.

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Messages of sympathy and support have been flooding in as the community comes to terms with the scale of the tragedy.

The women - Kate, 25, of Irlam Road, Ipswich, Emma of Foxhall Road, who was due to celebrate her 27th birthday in a few weeks, and Beccy - had been enjoying a soul night at the St Clements Sports and Social Club before leaving around midnight for their short walk home.

One of the last people to see the three girls before the horrific accident was Clare Blackett and a friend who had a brief chat with them as they left the social club.

Ms Blackett said it was clear the girls had been having a great evening together.

She said: “We did not know the three girls personally but spoke to them briefly just before they turned into Foxhall Road from St Clements.

“They were so full of fun taking pictures of one another and had obviously has a good night.

“Our hearts go out to their families for such a tragic loss of such young spirited lives. All our love.”

Dozens of floral tributes line the pavement on Foxhall Road marking the spot where the fatal collision occurred.

Among the tributes are one to Kate by Nan, auntie Margaret, uncle Ben, Francesca, Jason, Becky, Lucil and Ben, which reads: “You will be sadly missed and always in our hearts. You were a beautiful daughter, sister, girlfriend, granddaughter, niece and cousin.”

And the elder sister of Emma and Beccy Harold left her message, Shelly Luetchford said: “Remembering my beautiful little sister Emma and her friend Kate. Will never forget you. Lots of love always and forever, Shelly, Matthew, Josh, Nathan and David.”

Others attached to bouquets laid at the scene read: “Kate, you were a huge part of my life for six years. I cannot believe this. Such a sad loss. God really has an angel in you. A life that should never have been taken. Sleep tight in heaven. My memories of you will live on forever. Sweet dreams, Arnie.”

“To the beautiful Kate. You will always be in our memories and be loved. You made high school what it was for me, Shipon.”

“Kate it is not fair you were taken away from us so early in life. I'm blessed to have known you. RIP. Love Triv.”

Heartfelt messages have been left on the social networking site Facebook, as people have offered their support to the families of the girls and paid glowing tributes to them.

Messages on Emma's profile include one left by friend Leanna Jeffery which reads: “God always takes the best ones early, RIP hun.”

And another left by Lorna Crittenden said: “RIP Emma, you will be missed by everyone who knew you.”

Amy Quarton added her message: “RIP my lovely, look after Kate for me x x x x.”

The families of both girls were too upset to pay tribute over the weekend.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who saw the silver Citroen Saxo prior to collision or the collision itself, which happened near St Clements Hospital and the Heathlands public house, to call the serious collision investigation team at police headquarters on 01473 613500.

The East Anglian Daily Times has been inundated with messages of support for the two families of the girls, with many hopes and prays of a quick recovery for Beccy Harold.

A friend of the Harold family, Lucy Cranmer said: “I'm a close friend of the whole Harold family and am gonna miss Emma very much. She will be with her mum and in our hearts forever. Also my heartfelt love goes to Kate's family and friends.”

And close friends of Kate paid their respects, Sarah and Laura Arnold of Ipswich said: “We cannot believe this has happened, to such a special person, and her friends, you were part of our family, and in our hearts you always were and always will be.

“You will be sadly missed by everyone who knew you, our thoughts are with your family. RIP Kate lots of love.”

Stacey Green said: “Kate, I was very lucky to have known you. You were my son's stepmum for six years and he loves you dearly. You made such an impact on him. My thoughts go out to your family. You will be sadly missed. Always thinking of you xxx.”

Nick Fitzsimmons said: “I am deeply,deeply shocked. I knew both girls for some years and know that they will be sorely missed. My sympathy and condolences to both the families and friends involved.”

Maria Knights said: “I can't even think how much pain, sorrow and hurt the families of all involved feel at this time, my heart goes out and I shed a tear, but be strong in the knowledge that the Heart of Ipswich cares and shares in your pain. To the young girls family fighting for her life, keep strong.”

Lee Mundy said: “It is so sad in a small town, it hits home just how close we all are and how sad this is. Just hope the families find some comfort together and hope the third girl pulls through and some thing good comes out of this very sad day in Ipswich. There must be a better place for the good and these girls will be there. RIP girls.”

Kimberley McCartney said: “It is just awful. Three young women doing the right thing by walking home together, on the pavement and this happens.”

Anthony Gant said: “To the families of Kate and Emma, to my work colleagues who will be devastated and to their friends, my thoughts are with you at this time. What a tragic and meaningless waste of young lives.”

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