Parents pay tribute to crash victim Abbie

THE parents of a 22-year-old woman who died following a crash have paid tribute to their “beautiful” and “precious” daughter.

THE parents of a 22-year-old woman who died following a crash have paid tribute to their “beautiful” and “precious” daughter.

Abbie Pennell, who worked at Otley College, died on Monday August 3 after her Mitsubishi Warrior pick-up truck collided with a coach at a notorious junction on the B1113 at Great Blakenham.

Her funeral was held yesterday.

Today, her parents Philip and Louisa, who live in Barham, have paid tribute to their daughter. Mrs Pennell said: “My beautiful daughter Abbie Louise was born on Friday 14th November 1986 and I loved her from the first moment I saw her, like nothing on earth. She was my best friend, my confidante, my everything. We used to say we loved each other more than life itself.

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“I couldn't have wished for a better daughter, she matured into a beautiful young woman inside and out. People were drawn to her and taken under her spell. She radiated warmth, happiness and love and would light up a room when she walked into it.”

She added: “We are devastated that this has happened to us, we've lost a very dear and precious daughter. Our lives will never be the same. My kind, caring and loving daughter, how I love you so.”

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Mr Pennell said: “Abbie was so much more than just a daughter. If she hadn't been my daughter I would have loved her to be my friend. She had the ability to light up a room with her presence. She gave her love effortlessly and unconditionally and everybody who knew Abbie was better for it. I am so privileged to have had such a daughter and to have had 22 wonderful years which produced so many precious memories that will remain with me forever.”

Following the crash, a 43-year-old man from Eye was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail to return to Bury St Edmunds police station on September 1.

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