Tributes to 'bright young girls'

EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to three “fabulous bright young girls” who were killed in a devastating crash on the A12.Sisters Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, 18 and 15, and their close friend Carla Took, 18, were killed after a Renault Laguna collided head-on with their Vauxhall Astra on the A12 at Blythburgh, near Southwold, early on Saturday morning.

EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to three “fabulous bright young girls” who were killed in a devastating crash on the A12.

Sisters Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, 18 and 15, and their close friend Carla Took, 18, were killed after a Renault Laguna collided head-on with their Vauxhall Astra on the A12 at Blythburgh, near Southwold, early on Saturday morning. The crash also killed Simon Bonner, 40, from Yoxford, who was travelling in the Laguna.

The girls were on their way back from watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform in Ipswich, a night out planned to be an end of term celebration for the promising Lowestoft students, two of whom had university places.

Yesterday, Claire and Jennifer's parents Heather and Phil said they were “devastated” by the loss of their daughters and added that since their deaths, they and their two other children, Amy, 12, and Tom, five, had received massive support from the community.

Mr Stoddart said: “This support represents a fitting tribute to the wonderful daughters they both were.

“Claire loved life, lived it to the full and had an infectious sense of humour.”

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He added: “Jenny will always be remembered for being kind hearted and considerate, gentle natured and always caring for the needs of others. Like Claire she had many friends from both school and church.”

A 21-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the Laguna, and a 41-year-old woman in the same car remain in hospital.

An 18-year-old girl and an 18-year-old boy, who were also travelling in the Astra, remain at the James Paget Hospital.

Anyone with information about the collision should call Halesworth traffic division on 01473 613500.

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