Parents pay tribute to beloved daughter

PARENTS of a young graduate who was killed in a road crash have said they hope her organs can be used to save the lives of others.Graham and Evie Ekins said their daughter Clare, 23, who died in a collision in Chelmsford on Tuesday, was a "fervent believer" in organ donation and always carried her donor card.

PARENTS of a young graduate who was killed in a road crash have said they hope her organs can be used to save the lives of others.

Graham and Evie Ekins said their daughter Clare, 23, who died in a collision in Chelmsford on Tuesday, was a "fervent believer" in organ donation and always carried her donor card.

Essex Police said the couple had agreed to any donation of her organs "without hesitation".

Mr Ekins yesterday told the EADT he was devastated by the tragedy, which happened at about 9am in Essex Regiment Way.

"She was our world, our only daughter and we lived for her. We went to see where it happened and cannot believe how close it is to our home," he said.

Miss Ekins, of Church Road, Boreham, was travelling alone through rush hour traffic when her blue Peugeot was in collision with a Nissan.

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Emergency services were sent to the scene, but paramedics were unable to save her.

In a tribute yesterday, her family said: "We have been contacted by lots of people who have heard of Clare's death.

"They are all saying 'She is someone you will never forget'. She loved shopping and had to know what the latest fashion was and could tell you all about it.

"Clare was a very moral person and was always ready to confront issues and situations that she felt strongly about.

"If she saw a wrong then she wanted it righted."

An only child and former pupil of St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School, Chelmsford, she graduated from Essex University with a sociology degree.

Her latest job was as a personal assistant in Stisted, but she had ambitions to work in the media and art industry in London.

She had previously worked for the Essex Chronicle and had a number of articles published.

The family statement said Clare had lived in Boreham for 17 years and was popular in the village, where she was well known for helping elderly residents.

The Nissan driver, a 69-year-old woman from Leyton, and her passenger son, 41, were taken to Broomfield Hospital, but their injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Chelmsford road policing unit on 01245 452918.

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