A WOMAN from Hartlepool was tragically killed after a horror smash in a Spanish holiday resort.
Andrea Leighton, 52, died after she crashed her car as she drove to her Costa Blanca holiday home.
It is understood the tragedy happened on one of the main routes from Alicante Airport as Mrs Leighton returned from dropping someone off for a flight.
Her distraught family, including husband Derek, who was at home in Woodlands Grove, in West Park, were given the devastating news on Saturday night by officers from Cleveland Police.
The exact circumstances surrounding her smash are not yet known.
Cleveland Police received a call from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials informing them of the tragedy and asked them to pass on the message to Mrs Leighton’s family in Hartlepool.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We received a call from the FCO on Saturday night informing us that Spanish police had told them of the death of a 52-year-old woman in a collision that evening.
“At the request of FCO officerswe attended the address of the lady’s next of kin to inform them of her death.”
An FCO spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Spain.
“We are providing consular assistance at this sad time.”
The couple, who used to run a garage business in the town, appeared in the Mail in 2010 in a row over the council’s refusal to supply a winter grit bin near their home ,despite a three-year campaign.
Mrs Leighton said she had to has rescue several of her elderly neighbours in her 4x4 after they got stuck by the snow and ice.