Two young children aged who were tragically killed in a horror car crash in France have been described as “the most kind-hearted and caring girl” and “extremely popular” in heart-rending tributes by their primary school headteacher.
Barnard Grove Primary School in Hartlepool where Morgan Lund, aged nine, and four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton attended said it was “in total shock” while the town expressed its deep sorrow and prayers for the family.
Morgan and Evie-Lily died in a devastating car crash on Sunday morning which also claimed the life of town man John William Crompton, 31.
His partner Makayla Lund, 25, the children’s mother, along with the couple’s youngest son Kyle Crompton, aged two, were also in the family car and are in hospital.
Police, who are consoling the family, said Kyle’s condition is serious.
People have expressed their shock and sympathy in heartfelt messages and one online fund to support the family raised over £1,600 in a matter of hours.
Barnard Grove Primary School headteacher Lee Walker said: “Everyone in our school community is in total shock following this tragedy.
“Morgan was a Year 4 pupil who was an extremely popular member of his class, as well as the school in general.
“His sense of humour, fun and positive attitude brought life and joy to all. Morgan took great pride in his work and was an outstanding sportsman with many other talents as well.
“Evie-Lily was in our nursery and was the most kind-hearted and caring girl you could ever wish to meet. She was always willing to go out of her way to help others and had lots of friends. Her beaming smile lit up our nursery every single day.
“The pupils and staff are heartbroken and we are all helping each other to come to terms with this devastating news. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.”
Neighbours in Makayla’s street in the King Oswy area were too upset to speak yesterday.
Cleveland Police is supporting both families.
A spokesman said: “Makayla is in a stable condition, while Kyle remains seriously ill.
“Specially trained officers are acting as Family Liaison Officers for both families. Cleveland Police is also assisting the French authorities with their inquiries into the collision as well as liaising with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with all concerned at this very difficult time.”
The accident happened on the A39 in Beaurepaire-en-Bresse, between Lyon and Dijon, when their car crashed shortly after 7am on Sunday.
Mr Crompton was trapped in the wreckage and suffered a fatal heart attack soon after the emergency services freed him. It is yet not known how the accident happened.
Mr Crompton, was a talented snooker player and keen Hartlepool United fan. A Pools spokesman said: “Everybody at Hartlepool United was extremely saddened to hear about the tragedy and our thoughts and condolences are with the family and their friends.”
A GoFundMe page has been started by Laura Austwicke, who urged people to pray for the family.
She wrote: “Makayla and John’s family would like to thank everyone for their continuing kind words and support.
“Please keep praying for Makayla and baby Kyle’s recovery. All proceeds raised are to help Makayla and her family who were involved in a tragic car accident in France on Sunday 24th April, suffering the loss of John, Morgan and Evie-Lily.”
Three-year-old Poppie-Ann Richardson, who goes to Eskdale Academy nursery, gave £5 of her pocket money.
Mum Katie Richardson said: “She asked if she could give something to help She is so kind-hearted I am so, so proud.”
You can donate to the fund at https://www.gofundme.com/2tfvgskc