Teen athletes killed on jog had 'bright future'

Teen athletes killed on jog had 'bright future'


The family of one of two teenage athletes who were killed after being hit by a car during a training run have described her as an "absolute joy".

Lucy Pygott, 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were struck by a black Ford Focus as they crossed a road in Aldershot, Hampshire, on Tuesday evening.

In a statement, Miss Pygott's loved ones said: "Lucy was an absolute joy and we feel lucky that she has been part of our family for 17 years."

A 24-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the crash has been confirmed as a serving soldier by the Army.

He was detained on suspicion of two offences of causing death by dangerous driving, and on suspicion of drink-driving.

The soldier has been released on conditional bail until 14 February 2017.


Teen athletes killed on jog had 'bright future'

The girls' teammates have laid flowers at the scene of the crash, and have described them as "admirable people" with a "bright future".

Lucy and Stacey were long-distance cross-country runners who were due to represent the Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club at a competition in Spain next weekend.

They were students at Farnborough Sixth Form College, and counsellors have been brought in to support their classmates and teachers.

Liam Owers, who went to college with Miss Burrows, said: "She was the smartest but she would never boast, she would always help other people.

"She was so amazing at her running but she never let it go to her head, she was always focusing on her future and to do the best she could."

Niels de Vos, the chief executive of UK Athletics, described their deaths as "a tragedy which will be felt across the athletics community".



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