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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Pensioner killed in head-on Cumbria crash named

A pensioner who died after a head-on crash along a Cumbria road has been named.

Jean Partridge photo
Jean Partridge

Emergency services tried their best to help 71-year-old Jean Partridge but were unable to save her life.

She was cut free from a car after a two-car collision in Eden.

Mrs Partridge was driving a purple Ford Fusion from Tebay towards Kirkby Stephen at the time of the tragedy, about 4.45pm on Friday.

“It collided head-on with a silver Nissan Navara travelling in the opposite direction,” a Cumbria police spokesman said.

Mrs Partridge, from Whitchurch, Shropshire, was pronounced dead at the scene, on the A683 near its junction with the A685 at Ash Fell.

She was travelling from her home to spend the weekend with her son, who lives north of Richmond, north Yorkshire.

A retired teaching assistant, she was known by friends as 'the pocket rocket' and always had a positive attitude and the broadest smile, said a family statement.

The driver of the other vehicle involved, a 41-year-old local man, was taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries.

The road was closed until after 9pm as an investigation into the collision’s cause was launched.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Police are particularly keen to trace the driver of a silver car - possibly a Ford Focus - that was in front of one of the vehicles just before the collision.

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