College tribute to Megan, 19

Megan Robinson who died after a car crash in Shotton Colliery
Megan Robinson who died after a car crash in Shotton Colliery

THIS is the first picture released of the third car smash victim who lost her fight for life following a horrific collison.

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, in Wingate, and then attended East Durham College, in Peterlee.

Rebecca Learoyd, 18, died at the scene of the crash in Front Street, Shotton Colliery, and Anne Peachey, 60, of Sherburn Hill, was pronounced dead on arrival at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after their cars collided just after 6pm.

East Durham College bosses, who previously paid tribute to former student Rebecca, also issued a heartfelt memorial to Megan.

A college spokesman said: “As a close community at East Durham College we are all deeply saddened by the news of this terrible tragedy.

“Megan will be sadly missed by all that knew her.

“Our thoughts are with both of the girls families at this most difficult time.”

Rebecca, from Shinwell Crescent, also Thornley, was the driver of the white Fiat 500 car and Megan was front-seat passenger. Anne was driving a yellow Citroen Xsara.

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.

The collision happened around a quarter-of-a-mile west of Front Street’s 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 University Hospital, where they were treated for non-serious injuries.

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward to help them piece together exactly how the crash happened.

Anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident should contact Durham Police’s collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.