TOUCHING tributes have poured in for a woman who tragically lost her life in a car crash just two days before Christmas.
Sally Holbrook, 48, was killed in the horror smash on the A689 road near Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, on Sunday afternoon.
Tributes from shocked friends quickly poured on to the Mail’s Facebook page and other internet message boards for Mrs Holbrook, who was a passionate and well-known Hartlepool United fan.
She was a familiar face to many at Victoria Park where she cheered the players on from the Mill House terrace for years.
Phil Dunn, Pools’ PA announcer, described her death as: “An absolute tragedy. Sally was a lovely, lovely girl and a real presence on the Mill House Terrace.”
Pauline McSweenie, secretary of the Hartlepool United Supporters’ Association, wrote: “Tragic news – Sally always had a smile on her face – a lovely lady who will be very sadly missed.”
Mrs Holbrook was driving a blue Vauxhall Agila when it was involved in a collision with a black Ford Focus near to the junction with Dalton Back Lane at around 5.30pm.
A passenger, aged 52, who has not been named, was rushed to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, with serious injuries. He remains in a critical but stable condition.
Paul Robson, a friend of the Holbrook family, posted on the Mail’s Facebook page: “Words fail me. I met Phil at St Teresa’s Primary School aged 5.
“He is a lifelong friend. Sally was a lovely girl who lit up his life and became a great friend to me also. God bless the two of them.”
Leanne Hall described Sally as “A beautiful friendly lady who was a pleasure to know always had a smile for everyone thinking of all her family xx.”
Numerous other people said she was “a lovely lady who was always smiling”.
Gemma Rhead posted the message: “Thoughts and prayers to Phil and family. Sally will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, me being one of those people, she was present at my wedding seven weeks ago and also I worked alongside her in my very first job. RIP xx.”
Anthony Dunn simply said: “The world is a poorer place today.”
The driver of the Focus, a 50-year-old Hartlepool man, was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, with non life-threatening injuries. A passenger, a 25-year-old man from Hartlepool, was not injured.
Police are investigating the crash and are appealing for anyone who may have seen it to contact PC William Parker at Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 228873.