Couple together 25 years killed in same crash ‘died suddenly without suffering’
10th December 2018

A couple killed in a car crash in Leicestershire had been together for 25 years.

The family of Mark Whitworth, 57, and Joyce Smith, 64, said they took solace in the fact they both ‘died suddenly and without suffering’.

The couple died following a two-vehicle collision on the A1 between Stamford and Wothorpe at around 5.10pm on Wednesday, November 21, reports Lincolnshire Live.

They were in a white Citroen C3 which collided with a Kia Sportage on the Great North Road.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and pronounced the couple dead.

Mr Whitworth had worked for Cumbria County and Carlisle City Councils for more than three decades, and Mrs Smith was a former St Aidan’s school teacher and director at Redcrest Holidays.

The couple, who spent the last 25 years together, were travelling south to visit their family at the time of the collision.

The family of the couple have paid tribute to them.

Their immediate family said: “We can all take some comfort in the knowledge that the couple, who had spent the last 25 years together, died suddenly and side by side with little suffering.

“We want to thank everyone for their enormous and overwhelming support during this difficult time.”

The section of the A1 between the A6121 and the A43 was closed for ten hours as the authorities carried out investigations into the crash.

Leicestershire Police have confirmed that the driver of the white Kia Sportage sustained minor injuries and was taken to Peterborough Hospital for treatment.

Officers are continuing to appeal to anyone who saw either vehicle beforehand or who witnessed the collision and who has not yet contacted the police to get in touch.

Detective Sergeant Gary Haines said: “We are continuing to carry out full enquiries into this tragic incident and urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch.

“Anyone who was in the area and has any dashcam footage is also urged to check this and to make contact if you have any information which could help.”

If you have any information, contact Leicestershire Police by private message on Facebook quoting incident 429 of 21 November.

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