Hitchin A602 crash: Family’s heartfelt tributes to ‘caring, beautiful and selfless’ mum-of-five

Linda Racca with her husband Juliano, in a photograph he chose. Picture: Herts police

Linda Racca with her husband Juliano, in a photograph he chose. Picture: Herts police - Credit: Archant

The family of a mother-of-five who died in a horror crash at the A602 Park Way junction in Hitchin have paid tribute to a “caring, beautiful and selfless woman”.

Linda Racca, in a picture chosen by her children. Picture: Herts police

Linda Racca, in a picture chosen by her children. Picture: Herts police - Credit: Archant

Linda Racca, 40, from the Stopsley area of Luton, was travelling to a car meet in Stevenage with two friends when their Peugeot 306 was in collision with a Peugeot 406 estate just after 9.40pm on Saturday, August 12.

Sadly, Linda – who worked as a lunchtime supervisor – died at the scene. Her two friends were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where they remain in a serious but stable condition.

She leaves her husband Juliano, 27, and her children Louise, 24, Bethany, 19, Joshua, 17, Ethan, 13, and 10-year-old Francesca.

Linda and Juliano got together after hitting it off after meeting through friends 11 years ago. They went on to get married and have their daughter Francesca together.

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Car enthusiast Juliano said: “Linda became a bit of a car addict after meeting me. I’ve always loved cars and I introduced her to the car meets.

“She would come along with me because she enjoyed the social side, talking to everyone and looking at all the cars.”

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The dad-of-one said his wife was devoted to her five children, and would do anything for them.

He said: “For Linda, her children came first. They were her whole world.

“I remember when we bought our first house together four years ago, after saving up for six years. We slept on an air bed for six months because Linda wanted the children’s rooms decorated first. That was just how she was.

“She was a very loved person and she had a caring nature. I’m just trying to be strong for Francesca, and be the best dad I can be.”

Linda’s daughter Bethany McAllister has paid tribute to her mum on behalf of herself and her four siblings.

She said: “There are so many words I could use to describe our mum – it’s hard to just choose a few.

“My mum was my rock. She was always there to support us, and she put us first in everything. Our mum was the strongest woman we knew, and a fantastic role model for us all.

“Mum was the most beautiful, caring, generous and selfless person you could ever meet. Words cannot express how our hearts are broken. We shall all forever cherish our memories of family holidays, birthday meals out, weekends away and nights out with her and her friends.

“Our mum was amazing and we will forever keep her in our hearts.”

Juliano fondly remembers a family holiday to Egypt two years ago – their first break abroad.

He said: “We always used to go on Haven holidays in the UK because it was too expensive to go other places when there were seven of us.

“But we saved up throughout the year and chose the fanciest hotel in Sharm El Sheikh – the kids thought it was brilliant. I remember Linda saying she was so happy that we had managed to take them abroad.

“The next year, we took them to Turkey and it started to become a tradition.

“Though we weren’t currently together, there was not a day that went by that I did not think of her. I’m gutted that an amazing woman is gone and that I will never have the chance to see her again.

“My promise to my wife is to help where I can and to make sure she has a lovely send-off. I will make sure the kids will be OK, and that our memories will never be forgotten.”

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