Families pay tribute to Bedford Road victims

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The families of two teenagers killed in a collision in Brogborough in the early hours of Friday have released tributes to the youngsters.

Lewis Cook and Marie-Ann Wykes, both 16 and from Marston, attended Wootton Upper School, Bedford

The family of Mary-Anne said: “Mary-Anne was a loving daughter, step-daughter, and sister, and a massive hole has been left in all of our lives by our devastating loss.

“Mary-Anne was a beautiful, popular, bright young woman with aspirations to become an air hostess; and the world will be a darker place without her in it. She had a massive friendship group and lit up the lives of everyone who knew her.

“We have so many happy memories which we will treasure forever of our wonderful girl and words can’t describe how much she will be missed.”

The family of Lewis Cook said: “Lewis was an ambitious, outgoing, cheerful young man, with a loving, caring and generous nature. He brought a smile to so many faces with his cheeky sense of humour. He will be missed dearly by all his friends and family.”

The teenagers died alongside Genevieve Reason, aged 32 of Woburn Sands, after the car they were travelling in collided with a lorry on Friday on Bedford Road.

Two men were taken to hospital and later released.

Wootton Upper executive principal Michael Gleeson offered his condolences to the families. He said: “We are extremely saddened to learn this news and know that students, teachers, support staff, governors and directors and everybody else in our community will feel numb by the enormity of what has happened.

“On behalf of Wootton Academy Trust I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved, and to send our hope and prayers to those injured and their families that they are restored to good health.

“Words are inadequate to express just how dreadful this situation is and what a tragedy it is for anyone to lose his or her life this way.

Our hearts reach out to all of the bereaved.”

Tribute was also paid to ‘vibrant’ Genevieve Reason, a former Dame Alice Harpur School (now Bedford Girls School) pupil, in Bedford.

She worked as Front of House Manager at Formula-Fast karting in Mount Farm.