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Tributes paid to young woman tragically killed on M23 near Crawley

A family has paid tribute to a young woman who tragically died following a crash on the M23 near Crawley.

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Abbie Hudson Harmes sustained serious injuries after the silver Ford Fiesta she was driving collided with a white Volvo lorry and a blue Hyundai Ioniq on the southbound carriageway, close to Junction 10, about 3.56pm on Wednesday 1 May.

She was flown by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in London, where she was sadly pronounced dead on Saturday morning (4 May).

Her family have issued the following tribute:

“Abbie will be missed by her mum, dad, sister, fiancé and all her loving family and friends.

“Abbie was a unique, vibrant and beautiful young lady, and we are immensely proud of her many accomplishments throughout her life.

“Abbie always had a passion for helping young adults; this year she attained her dream job of becoming a mental health worker at Chalkhill which treats children and young people with serious mental health problems.

“She was such a lovely person who was with us through our darkest moments but also there through our best.

“Abbie always had a caring and loving nature, and participated in several charity events in raising money, including the Brighton pier to pier swim, three walks for St Peter and St James Hospice, took part in a spinning bike relay for MacMillan and also a hilarious mud run.

“Abbie is continuing to help others by donating her organs to three people in need.

“Abbie was loved by so many people and will leave a huge hole in everybody’s hearts.

“Abbie will live on in our hearts forever.

“We would like to thank all the emergency services at the scene and the care she received at Kings College.

“The funeral service will take place at Plumpton Racecourse on Wednesday 22 May at 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend.”

Above: Abbie with her fiancé

Abbie, 23, of Icarus Avenue, Burgess Hill, had been travelling with her mother Julie, 51, who sustained minor injuries following the collision.

The Volvo driver – a 22-year-old man from Uxbridge, Middlesex – and the Hyundai driver – a 54-year-old man from Bognor Regis – also sustained minor injuries.

Police are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to call 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Stonewall.

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Young man knocked unconscious and robbed in broad daylight in Memorial Gardens, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed in Crawley Memorial Gardens.

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At about 1pm on Sunday 21 July, the 26-year-old victim was walking through the Memorial Gardens when he was hit from behind to the side of his head with a solid object and fell to the ground, losing consciousness.

His mobile phone and wallet were stolen.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for a large lump to the side of his head and bruising to his eye and cheek.

Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska said;

“We would like to trace three men seen in the area at the time. One is described as black, in his early 20’s, 5’6”, with a short black afro and of skinny build, wearing a plain black t-shirt and Adidas tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was described as black, about 17 years old, 5’4 and skinny build, wearing a red head covering. The last man is described as black, around 19 years old and of skinny build.

“If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 718 of 21/07.”

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