Tributes pour in for Burnley teen who died in road crash

Estelle Thompson

The family of teenager Estelle Thompson

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A TEENAGER who died in a road crash in Hapton has left a huge hole in the lives of everyone who knew her, according to her family.

Elizabeth Marsh, mother of 17-year-old Estelle Thompson, who was killed after the silver Ford Ka she was a passenger in hit a wall on Manchester Road, has paid tribute to her ‘unique’ daughter.

And no fewer than three public fundraisers have already been established to help the Burnley family with funeral costs after Sunday’s tragedy.

Remembering the Unity College student Elizabeth, 38, of Lawrence Avenue, said: “She was definitely unique – one on her own. She just loved banter.

“She definitely spoke her mind, whether she hurt your feelings or not. But she was spoilt a little because she was the baby of the family.”

Estelle, who also attended Cherry Fold Primary, studied hairdressing at Accrington and Rossendale College and was interested in fash-ion, beauty and modelling.

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Her brother Ben Marsh, 21, and sisters Sadie and Stacey Marsh, 19 and 21 respectively, along with their mother, have been overwhelmed by the reaction to Estelle’s death.

Ben said: “We knew that she had a lot of friends but it’s just overwhelm-ing when you see all the things that have been said of her.”

Stacey also said that members of the close family had been down to the crash site, just outside The Stables, to lay flowers to Estelle, along with a number of other relatives and well-wishers.

Neighbours and friends of the family Kirstie Thompson and Barbara Carroll published a Facebook tribute site and last night there were more than 1,350 members.

Proposals are being drawn up for a sponsored walk and a charity football match. The football match is sched-uled for 1pm on Saturday in Queens Park, with a picnic also planned for the same day, from Exp-ress Gifts at Accrington to Thompson Park in Burn-ley, along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Kirstie said, in laun-ching the site: “This is in memory of a beautiful young woman who never got the chance to experience life.”

The family has confir-med that arrangements for Estelle’s funeral are yet to be made.

Tributes and messages of sympathy have also flooded in on Facebook.

Barbara Carroll posted: “Sleep well gorgeous girl i will miss ur smiling face and me telling you to become a model every time i saw you.”

l An 18-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of causing Estelle’s death by dangerous driving, has been released on bail, according to police.

“I’ve watched you grow from a little girl to a gorgeous young lady gone to soon love hugs xxx'

And Kira Dugdale said: 'Still don't want to believe it. Forever in my heart Estelle. Until we meet again one day. Will always love you beautiful. Sleep peacefully up there with the angels.'

Jodie Dugdale posted: 'Honestly one of the most down to earth beautiful lady I've ever known! From the beginning off primary to the end of high school you've always been one to keep everyone smiling! Rest in peace Estelle. Always in our hearts.'

And Michelle Spencer said: 'Such a sad day. My thoughts are with her mum Elizabeth Marsh and family. Words cannot describe what u must be going through. Estelle was loved by many and will forever be in my heart. Sleep tight babe . Xxx'

* An 18-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of causing Estelle’s death by dangerous driving, has been released on bail, according to Lancashire Police.

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12:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I think we should leave it to the police to investigate rather than putting our own speculative theories in public where the family and friends could read it.
I think we should leave it to the police to investigate rather than putting our own speculative theories in public where the family and friends could read it. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 26

5:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

As a parent of girls, I utterly agree.
Stop guessing, nor trying to create a race thing here.
...
a child died.
whom cares about the race...
as we employ police, of many races, creeds and colours..
the same with crown prosecutions services,
to act, without fear nor favour,
to adjudicate on our behalf.
...
I've seen enough cowboy films, to know what a lynch mob is..
Let Justice take it's course, and if it doesn't suit you,
complain to the Ministry of Justice,
which has a poor record of exacting public retribution.
...
And know this, Jack Straw presided there, once.
Where there was a dilution of natural justice.
He advocated this shameful, service in the community,
and not jail; against what the populace demanded!
...
The dead have no voice,
it's up to us, to scream for justice,
upon those with deaf ears.
When you drive a vehicle,
it has to be same, as if you took a gun, knife or other weapon:
Either through drink, drugs or inattention through a device.
You killed!
...
When you get distracted nor don't pay full attention,
whilst driving; you are, as guilty as Sin...
Therefore, deserve the whole penalty.
...
I don't care if your relatives rely upon you.
They have others, more capable and sensible.
Nor if, in your culture, they pay blood money.
You took a life, and therefore, forfeit yours.
Take him down!
As a parent of girls, I utterly agree. Stop guessing, nor trying to create a race thing here. ... a child died. whom cares about the race... as we employ police, of many races, creeds and colours.. the same with crown prosecutions services, to act, without fear nor favour, to adjudicate on our behalf. ... I've seen enough cowboy films, to know what a lynch mob is.. Let Justice take it's course, and if it doesn't suit you, complain to the Ministry of Justice, which has a poor record of exacting public retribution. ... And know this, Jack Straw presided there, once. Where there was a dilution of natural justice. He advocated this shameful, service in the community, and not jail; against what the populace demanded! ... The dead have no voice, it's up to us, to scream for justice, upon those with deaf ears. When you drive a vehicle, it has to be same, as if you took a gun, knife or other weapon: Either through drink, drugs or inattention through a device. You killed! ... When you get distracted nor don't pay full attention, whilst driving; you are, as guilty as Sin... Therefore, deserve the whole penalty. ... I don't care if your relatives rely upon you. They have others, more capable and sensible. Nor if, in your culture, they pay blood money. You took a life, and therefore, forfeit yours. Take him down! woolywords
  • Score: -6

5:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

I'm from an age where we used to execute people.
Whilst I admit, then, we made a few mistakes, but..
Modern science has moved on so far, as to make it near impossible now.
DNA odds are, 1 in 8 Billions, with only 7 Billions on the planet.
Combined with, footprint, fingerprint and many other factors..
a simple computer, could derive a verdict of guilt,
let alone the jury of peers.
Verdicts of probability, could never be sought, because the facts are, so patently, self-evident.
We should do away with these florid, accusatory and ambiguous attorneys, to let the facts speak for themselves..
Along with the dubious defences of alibi..
To let the basic facts, speak for themselves.
...
Your samples, were found there, explain that!
...
When a child is born, an innocent; have often thought that it's DNA should be placed on a database.
That **** in the heel, that saves it's life; should also save it from false accusation.
Yet, a sad few, see this as, an invasion of privacy.
Why?
No matter the books of religion that you read..
they have free choice.
So, it makes sense to protect the good from the bad,
by being able to trace them.
...
Am protecting me and mine,
whom are you, defending?
A question, that was never asked.
I'm from an age where we used to execute people. Whilst I admit, then, we made a few mistakes, but.. Modern science has moved on so far, as to make it near impossible now. DNA odds are, 1 in 8 Billions, with only 7 Billions on the planet. Combined with, footprint, fingerprint and many other factors.. a simple computer, could derive a verdict of guilt, let alone the jury of peers. Verdicts of probability, could never be sought, because the facts are, so patently, self-evident. We should do away with these florid, accusatory and ambiguous attorneys, to let the facts speak for themselves.. Along with the dubious defences of alibi.. To let the basic facts, speak for themselves. ... Your samples, were found there, explain that! ... When a child is born, an innocent; have often thought that it's DNA should be placed on a database. That **** in the heel, that saves it's life; should also save it from false accusation. Yet, a sad few, see this as, an invasion of privacy. Why? No matter the books of religion that you read.. they have free choice. So, it makes sense to protect the good from the bad, by being able to trace them. ... Am protecting me and mine, whom are you, defending? A question, that was never asked. woolywords
  • Score: -7

6:10pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

That **** in the heel, that saves it's life; should also save it from false accusation.
That should read as, where a blood sample, taken from the heel,
with heel test, as is common.
And not as LT reads it.
That **** in the heel, that saves it's life; should also save it from false accusation. That should read as, where a blood sample, taken from the heel, with heel test, as is common. And not as LT reads it. woolywords
  • Score: -7

7:03pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

just a sharp...
of all the words to ban..
is stick with a needle, OK?
just a sharp... of all the words to ban.. is stick with a needle, OK? woolywords
  • Score: -5

12:44am Wed 23 Jul 14

cutthebull says...

woolywords wrote:
just a sharp...
of all the words to ban..
is stick with a needle, OK?
I really do think you need to see your GP and be referred for a full mental health assessment, you've got serious issues in that very twisted mind!
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: just a sharp... of all the words to ban.. is stick with a needle, OK?[/p][/quote]I really do think you need to see your GP and be referred for a full mental health assessment, you've got serious issues in that very twisted mind! cutthebull
  • Score: 5

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