Student dies in crash

PUBLISHED: 13:32 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

The A603 Sandy to Willington road on which Philippa died

The A603 Sandy to Willington road on which Philippa died

TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenager who was fatally injured in a road collision on the A603 between Sandy and Willington on Monday morning. Philippa Miller, 19, of Park Road, Moggerhanger, was working during the summer at Frosts garden centre in Willing

TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenager who was fatally injured in a road collision on the A603 between Sandy and Willington on Monday morning.

Philippa Miller, 19, of Park Road, Moggerhanger, was working during the summer at Frosts garden centre in Willington.

She was driving a red Micra at 8.52am when the collision happened near Moggerhanger.

The car and an articulated Scania lorry collided head-on.

Miss Miller, who was known as Pipa, was taken to Bedford Hospital South Wing but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Rosemary Towers, the communications director with Frosts, said yesterday (Wednesday): "Philippa joined us in June of this year in her vacation from Kent University.

"She was a bubbly young lady, full of life and vitality. She was very well liked by all her colleagues in our restaurant and we were very hopeful that she would come back and work with us at Christmas and in other breaks from university.

"All the team at Willington were devastated when they heard about the accident. Our thoughts are now with Philippa's parents, her family and friends."

Dr Rachel Forrester-Jones, Master of Rutherford College at the University of Kent's Canter-bury campus, where Philippa Miller was a student, said: "It is always deeply distressing when a young person dies. Pipa, as she was known by her fellow students and friends, was a popular student with so much potential. In fact, she had recently successfully passed her first year of a BA in philosophy with flying colours. Our deepest sympathies go to her parents, family and many friends."

The University of Kent website carries this tribute: "A Rutherford student, Pipa had successfully completed her first year in philosophy and was due to start her second year.

"Loved by many, she was a valued member of the college and university. We send our deepest sympathy to her family and friends."

An inquest which was opened and adjourned on Tuesday afternoon was told that Miss Miller died from multiple injuries.

The lorry driver involved in the collision was not injured. The man, who is from the Essex area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has now been released on bail.

The road was closed until 4.30pm to allow police officers from the collision investigation unit to complete their work at the scene, and because of the difficulty of recovering such a large vehicle.

Pc Debbie James from the unit wants to hear from any witnesses to the incident. She can be contacted direct on 01234 842469, or through the switchboard on 01234 841212.

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