Inquest opened into A17 crash tragedy as two children are discharged from hospital

Laura Pesterfield: Picture submitted

Laura Pesterfield: Picture submitted - Credit: Archant

An inquest has opened into the death of a woman who was killed when her car was hit 'broadside' by a lorry on the A17 just before Christmas.

Flowers left on the A17 at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Flowers left on the A17 at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Laura Pesterfield, 21, had been driving on Station Road, Terrington St Clement, at around 1.55pm on December 21, with two children in the car, believed to be her nephews.

Both children have been discharged from hospital.

Assistant coroner Nicholas Holroyd opened the inquest into her death with 'very great sadness' this morning.

'The circumstances reported to me are that as she pulled out onto the A17, a heavy goods vehicle travelling along the road struck her car broadside,' he added.

Mr Holroyd said Ms Pesterfield had died as a result of her injuries. She was identified by her father who attended the mortuary on Christmas Eve.

A pre-inquest review into her death will be held at Norfolk Coroners Court on February 23, 2016; what would have been her 22nd birthday.

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Miss Pesterfield's family paid the following tribute: 'Taken so fast, our family has been torn apart. We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter; not only a daughter, Laura was a sister, auntie, niece, cousin, granddaughter.

'Laura my darling, you were taken so fast with no warnings, no goodbyes.

'A massive hole has been made that will never be filled.

'We have been overwhelmed with messages and support at our tragic loss.

'Laura, you were a stubborn, strong willed, loyal, loving, big hearted young woman and put everyone before yourself.

'You had so many plans for the future - your dream was to train as a nurse, settle down, get married and have a family of your own.

'You worshipped family life, lived and breathed for your precious nephews. You were so proud of them, talked to every one about them, you would do anything for any of them.

'You worked as a care worker in our local village Kirton at White Gables Nursing home. You loved that job, the staff and the residents and had been picking up extra shifts. You were getting excited about planning the residents' Christmas party - we had been out shopping on Sunday for the stuff you needed: Christmas crackers, paper plates... you name it, you bought it.

'You had just finished your NVQ 2 and were getting ready to start your NVQ 3 in the New Year, doing health and social care which would get you a step closer to University. Our lives will never be the same, our home will never be the same. There's always going to be an empty place at our table, this will always be yours, my darling. I promise you that Dad and I will look after your brothers and keep check on Nanny and Grandad for you. Grandad wanted to change places with you, I told him that he was too old. God wanted you for a very special job up there for which required youth. We urge all our family and friends: never put off today what you can do tomorrow, trust us - tomorrow never comes.

'Treasure your family, children and loved ones. They are so precious, they can be taken away so fast. Never pass up a chance to say I love you - tomorrow is not promised to any of us. God came to you, opened up your pearl white wings and took you straight away. We will never get to hold you in our arms like we should.

'If we could have that one last chance… there's so much more we would say. Sleep tight beautiful, be with the moon and stars. We miss you loads already, the pain is unexplainable. Shine bright, we know you're looking after your nephews, making them well. Look after your new angel family darling, I know you're organising them up there. We will treasure every memory we have had with you, locked away in our hearts.'