THE third woman killed in the horror smash in Shotton Colliery was a student at East Durham College, in Peterlee.
Megan Robinson, 19, suffered serious injuries in the smash on Sunday and died in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Tuesday afternoon.
Megan, of Passfield Square, Thornley, had four sisters and was a former pupil at Wellfield School.
Rebecca Learoyd, 19, and Anne Peachey, 60, died at the scene of the crash in Front Street after their cars collided just after 6pm on the Sunday.
Rebecca, from Shinwell Crescent, in Thornley, was named by police as the driver of the white Fiat 500 car involved in the collision and was confirmed dead at the scene of the crash. Megan was a front-seat passenger.
Anne, from Kell Crescent, in Sherburn Hill, and who was driving a yellow Citroen Xsara, was confirmed dead on arrival at the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Police believe the Fiat was travelling in the same direction as a third vehicle, a grey coloured MG ZR car.
The driver of this car, a 22-year-old man from Wingate, was unhurt but was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was bailed pending further inquiries.
A Facebook page, called R.I.P Rebecca Learoyd, attracted more than 4,000 likes within hours of being set up.
Rebecca was a former student at East Durham College, in Peterlee, whose bosses paid tribute.
A spokesman said: “All at East Durham College are still trying to come to terms with the news of this tragic death.
“Our hearts go out to her family and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”
She had been a member of Peterlee Amateur Swimming Club when she was younger and would have had a promising sports career had she stayed with the club, said her coach.
Head coach Gill Hulme said: “Rebecca was a lovely little swimmer, she learned to swim with us and went into the competitive squads.
“She left when she was 13 or 14, like most girls do, but while she was with us she worked really hard.
“Had she stuck in, I’m sure she would have gone on to county level.
“She was a quiet little girl and very pleasant. I couldn’t have asked for more from her.
“It’s such a terrible tragedy.”
The collision happened around 6.05pm on Sunday around a quarter-of-a-mile west of its junction with Traynor Way.
Two passengers in the Citroen, Mrs Peachey’s 33-year-old daughter, Joanne, and her 13-year-old granddaughter, Adele Harland, were taken to the James Cook hospital, where they were being treated for non-serious injuries.
Both the Fiat 500 and the Xsara were extensively damaged, the Fiat to its nearside and the Xsara mainly to the front.
The investigating officer, Sergeant Phil Grieve, of Durham Police, appealed for anyone who might have seen the vehicles prior to the collision to come forward.
He said: “It is vital we establish where all three vehicles had been travelling from and the manner in which they were being driven.
“If anyone else saw them on the roads in that area in the minutes leading up the accident I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should contact the collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.