An amazing girl who touched souls

JONATHAN REDHEAD A teenager killed in a horrific car crash was yesterday described as a “remarkable, amazing” person who “touched souls”.Carla Took, 18, died alongside sisters Claire and Jenny Stoddart, 18 and 15, on the A12 near Blythburgh on July 1 as they were travelling home from a pop concert to celebrate the end of their exams.

JONATHAN REDHEAD

A teenager killed in a horrific car crash was yesterday described as a “remarkable, amazing” person who “touched souls”.

Carla Took, 18, died alongside sisters Claire and Jenny Stoddart, 18 and 15, on the A12 near Blythburgh on July 1 as they were travelling home from a pop concert to celebrate the end of their exams.

Their car was in collision with another travelling in the opposite direction in a crash which also claimed the life of 40-year-old Simon Bonner, from Yoxford.

Yesterday, family, friends and teachers paid tribute to Carla at her funeral at St Michael's church, Oulton, near Lowestoft.

The service was broadcast on a sound system to dozens of Carla's friends standing outside the packed church.

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A series of Carla's favourite songs were also played as her coffin was carried in and out of the church, while her favourite song, by American rock band the Foo Fighters was played during the service.

Friends paid tribute to the teenager, describing her as “fun-loving” and “hard-working” while two poems by William Blake, who she was studying as part of her English A-level course, were also read out.

Trevor Osborne, headteacher at the Benjamin Britten High School, in Lowestoft, where the Stoddart sisters were also pupils, said Carla was the person who reminded him why he got into the profession in the first place.

“She was a remarkable, amazing young person who broke through and touched souls,” he said.

He said colleagues also said Carla was the “sort of student that made you sure you had chosen the right career”.

The Reverend Carol Pritchard, who led the service, said Carla was mad about music with more than 600 CDs in her collection and she had “every CD, book and poster” to do with Madonna.

She said the teenager had bought tickets to see Madonna later this year, had been due to go to last weekend's Latitude Festival and had a holiday with girlfriends planned in what should have been “the summer of her life”.

“Everyone who made contact with her loved her,” she said. “She was a young person who lead a full and wonderful life loving every moment and touching all she met.”

And she added: “She will probably continue to ask those searching and intelligent questions she was known for,” she said. “God will be very busy.”

Donations in lieu of flowers are being received for the Macmillan Nurses Palliative Care Fund. Cheques must be made payable to James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust, c/o funeral directors, Critoph and Crowe, 49-55, Lorne Park Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0RB.

Suffolk police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash. Anyone with any information is asked to call Halesworth Roads Policing on 01473 613500.