‘She would do anything for anyone’ - taxi driver Mike Hume’s emotional tribute after passenger and close friend Helen Lovegrove dies in Barnham crash
PUBLISHED: 12:44 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:59 23 May 2017
A taxi driver has paid an emotional tribute to a “very close friend” who he was taking to see her parents when they were involved in a horror crash which resulted in her death.
Mike Hume, the owner of Mike’s Taxis in Thetford, was driving Helen Lovegrove when the crash happened in Barnham, near Thetford, on Wednesday, May 17.
He was travelling along the A134 towards Rymer Point when his Skoda was involved in a crash with a Vauxhall Corsa.
Miss Lovegrove, who was 47 and lived in Thetford, died at the scene.
The female driver of the Corsa, who is in her early 20s and from the Dereham area, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, in a serious condition after sustaining leg and internal injuries.
Mr Hume said Miss Lovegrove was “a very close friend”.
He said: “Last weekend I went around her house and put up some hanging baskets for her. I got to know her as a customer but living in a small town you build relationships with people.
“Helen would do anything for anyone. She always put other people first.”
Miss Lovegrove was born in Essex and lived in Horsham, West Sussex, before moving to Thetford.
She was well-known around the town because she volunteered in various charity shops.
Mr Hume sustained internal bruising and cuts and says he is in “an awful lot of pain”.
He was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds but was released on the same day as the crash.
The 57-year-old said he doesn’t remember much about the incident.
“I’m driving down the road, apparently doing 45mph, and then my car stops instantly,” he said.
“I look at Helen and go ‘Helen, Helen, Helen,’ and got no response. I then got out of the car and the next thing I remember was all the services were there.
“Apparently I was wandering around the road saying ‘do I know you?’ I haven’t slept properly since it has happened. It won’t go out of my head. I was very lucky.”
Mr Hume said he sends his best wishes to the young Corsa driver and her family.
Anyone who saw the vehicles prior to the accident or the crash itself, which happened around 10.45am, is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD number 129 of Wednesday, May 17.