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'My mum was my rock' - family pays tribute to crash victim

Linda Racca. Credit: Family photo.

A mother-of-five, killed in a car crash in Hertfordshire, has been described as a "caring, beautiful and selfless woman".

Linda Racca, from the Stopsley area of Luton, died following the collision at Park Way in Hitchin on August 12.

The 40-year-old, who worked as a lunchtime supervisor, was on her way to meet friends when the crash happened at about 9.40pm.

Mrs Racca had a 10-year-old daughter, Francesca, with her husband who she met 11 years ago.

She was also mother to Louise, 24, Bethany, 19, Joshua, 17, and Ethan, 13

Mr Racca, 27, said she was devoted to her five children and would do anything for them.

Linda Racca with husband Juliano. Credit: Family photo.

“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.”

– Juliano, Linda Racca's husband.

Mrs Racca's daughter Bethany McAllister said her "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 know, 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.”

– Bethany McAllister, Linda Racca's daughter