Tributes to 'angel' Katie Clutterbuck, 19, who died in Bath Road accident
‘HEARTBROKEN’ friends have paid tribute to the 19-year-old who died after a car crash.
The teen was named locally as Katie Clutterbuck from Longlevens. She was hit by a Skoda Superb private hire taxi outside the Moon Under Water pub, in Cheltenham.
It happened at around 12.40am on Sunday morning. She died of her injuries that afternoon, after being transferred to a specialist neurological ward in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.
Kirsty Hopkins, the pub manager working at the time of the crash, said: “This must be so tough for the family. There are no words to describe the grief.
“A few of the staff members are familiar with her or have seen her in the pub. A lot of the staff are just shocked at what has happened.
“I think the door staff are finding it the hardest, because they were there when it happened. I know they tried to help, but everything happened really quickly.
“It is really a tragic loss. Everyone is still quite shaken up, with two crashes in the same road.
“I still can’t believe it. It’s just shocking. She’s only 19 years old, it’s heartbreaking.”
Flowers were left outside the pub and staff have started a collection for Ms Clutterbuck. Friends of Katie’s paid their tributes too.
One, posting on gloucestercitizen. co.uk, said: “Still can’t believe it, I had the please of meeting Katie through a mutual friend, she was the nicest girl you could of met. Life is cruel taking such a beautiful young girl before she had time to live.
“You’re an angel in the sky now and that’s because they only take the best. RIP Katie, sweet dreams. Thinking of your family at this devastating time.”
In a separate accident on Friday, at about 9.40pm, a driver was killed after being thrown from his vehicle in a crash in Bath Road, between the Bath Tavern and St Luke’s Road.
The BMW convertible he was driving was involved in a collision with a white Lexus, leaving the 31-year-old driver with serious head injuries.
He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he died of his injuries early Saturday morning.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl will be pushing his pledge to ensure the county’s roads are kept safe for all road users as a result. He said: “This is just absolutely dreadful news. We will definitely need to look at road safety in the county very carefully, and quickly. It is a matter of urgency.”