Tributes paid after two die in road crash

By Stephen Pass

TRIBUTES were paid this week to a Northallerton College student and a soldier from RAF Leeming who tragically died in a road accident last Wednesday.

Northallerton College student Elizabeth Dawes, 16, who was known as Libby and lived at Woodside in Leyburn, was a passenger in a Ford Fiesta saloon travelling along the A684 towards Bedale when it left the road and collided with a tree at the Leyburn side of the Patrick Brompton crossroads.

The driver, Adam John Hobbs, 19, from Sheffield, a sapper based at RAF Leeming, also died in the accident.

Libby’s funeral took place yesterday at St Matthew’s Church in Leyburn, followed by interment at Leyburn Cemetery.

She was the youngest daughter of Brian and Trish Dawes and sister of Carolyn, Michelle and Sandra.

Her tragic death was greeted with shock and sadness at Northallerton College, which she had joined in September as an A-Level student, with her main area of study in health and social care.

A special assembly was held at the college last Thursday, including a silence held in respect for her life and her loss to the school community. Close friends and staff from the college also attended her funeral yesterday.

Paying tribute, College Principal Mick Hill said: “She was a very vivacious and lovely young woman.

“Even though she had been here only a short period of time she had made a lot of friends and had also built up good relationships with staff. She was very well respected by staff and students.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this very difficult time.”

Libby had previously spent five years at Wensleydale School in Leyburn and there was a period of silence in Monday’s assembly to remember her. Her three sisters had also been educated at the school in the past.

Headteacher Mr David Eaton said: “She was an extremely friendly and caring student who was extremely well liked by staff and students alike.

“Her death is indeed tragic and she will be greatly missed.”

Sapper Hobbs was a member of 10 Field Squadron The Royal Engineers, based at RAF Leeming.

A statement from 10 Field Squadron said this week: “All personnel within 10 Field Squadron would like to express their deepest and most sincere sympathies on the tragic death of Sapper Adam Hobbs and Miss Elizabeth Dawes. Both deaths are a tragic loss.”

A 19-year-old male passenger, who has not been named by police, received very serious injuries in the accident and was critically ill in the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough yesterday.

Floral tributes were left at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 10.10pm last Wednesday.