Reepham mother tells of her pain at losing her daughter in a crash

Katja Livesey died in a  car crash last November. Katja Livesey died in a car crash last November.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
10:04 AM

A mother has spoken of how her life has stood still since the death of her 19-year-old daughter.

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Katja Livsey died after a crash on the B1149 Reepham to Holt road near Corpusty on November 16 last year, an inquest heard yesterday.

Katja should have been preparing to start her studies at Liverpool Medical School this year and her mum Hilary said her death had been devastating.

She said: “My world has come to an end in many ways.

“It feels like no time at all has gone past, time hasn’t changed the trauma of it at all.

“It was an accident and nothing can help me because the only thing I want is Katja and that is not going to happen.”

Mrs Livsey and Katja’s boyfriend Jimmi Cubitt have launched a fund in her memory to help students at Reepham College, where Katja had studied, to follow their dreams to university.

Mrs Livsey said: “Jimmi and I are looking forward to working with students to help them achieve what Katja achieved.

“She was always very determined.

“Despite being a very beautiful, very fragile blonde girl, she was also a steely, determined young woman.

“When she got her results she walked into my shop in her cool Katja way and said ‘mum I got in’ and I screamed.

“It was an outstanding achievement for her, I was so proud of her and what she had achieved.”

The fund will help to cover students’ costs to travel to university open days and prepare themselves for interviews.

A bike ride in June has already raised around £6,000 for the fund and there are plans for further fundraising schemes including a Christmas card.

Katja had lived with her mother in Reepham for five years and had three younger brothers, Lucien, 17, Finn, 16, and Cameron, 14, as well as a younger sister Carina, 12.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake heard that the black Fiat Bravo Katja was driving had collided with a red Skoda Fabia travelling in the opposite direction.

Mrs Lake concluded that Katja had died as a result of multiple injuries caused by a car crash.

She said that it appeared Katja had lost control of her car as she came round a corner in the road.

Her tyres had come off the edge of carriageway and this may have caused her to swerve across the road.

The inquest heard that the road was wet at the time of the crash and it was after dark.

Mrs Livsey and Mr Cubitt said they wished to thank James Duncan, an off duty firefighter who tried to help Katja following the crash.

They added that their thoughts were with the family travelling in the other car.

Anyone who would like to donate to Katja’s fund should contact Mrs Livsey at Angelica florists on Market Place, Reepham, on 01603879555.

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