Tributes to Mother and baby killed in a car crash

Three people have died after a collision between a car and a lorry on the B1404 in County Durham.

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Relatives: Loss is "almost unthinkable"

Relatives of the family who died in a collision in County Durham have paid a special tribute to the three generations. Robert Reed, Natalie Simpson and Natalie's daughter, 14-month-old Destiny Reed, were killed when their car collided with a lorry in Seaton on Wednesday.

“No words can describe how we are struggling to come to terms with our enormous loss. To lose three members of an extended family in one day, including a beautiful baby girl and her young mother who had their whole lives ahead of them, is almost unthinkable."

– Tribute from relatives

Margaret Reed was also in the car and is still receiving treatment at James Cook Hospital.


Lorry driver released on bail

A lorry driver who was questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after three members of a family were killed in a head-on crash has been bailed.

The 42-year-old man was arrested by Durham Police following the collision in Seaton Lane, near Houghton-le-Spring.

Robert Reed, 75, was driving a people carrier with his wife, Margaret, 74, in the front and Natalie Simpson, 18, and her 14-month-old daughter, Destiny Reed, in the back.

Mrs Reed remains in a critical, but stable condition in the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.


Police name family who died in crash

Police have named the three members of the same family who died in a collision in County Durham yesterday.

Robert Reed, 75, Natalie Simpson, 18, and 14-month-old Destiny Reed were killed in the head on collision between their car and a lorry.

Margaret Reed, 74, was airlifted to hospital and remains in James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries.

The 42-year-old lorry driver remains in police custody and is being interviewed this afternoon.

"Natalie Jade is remembered as a caring and thoughtful young lady. She embraced motherhood with enthusiasm and maturity. It was clear that she would be a proud and loving mother to her daughter."

– Dr Iain Shaw Headteacher, Prudhoe Community High School

"You'll never be forgotten. I will always have you in my mind and heart. Love you forever. I will miss you always baby girls."

– A friend of the family
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