A teenage couple were killed in a motorbike crash as they rode to an event to raise funds for an air ambulance – that with hideous irony was scrambled to try to save them.
Bradley Cooper, 18, and Abbey Parker, 17, both died in a horrific collision with two tractors in North Fambridge, Essex.
They were both on their way to the 13th annual motorcycle run, a charity event for Essex Air Ambulance which attracts more than 5,000 bikers.
An air ambulance was called to the scene of the crash but nothing could be done to save the young couple, according to the local newspaper.
Bradley was riding a Yamaha, which had been a present for his 17th birthday, and his girlfriend Abbey was riding pillion.
A 43-year-old man was arrested after the accident on suspicion of causing death whilst uninsured and has been bailed until next year.
Dozens of flowers were laid at the scene of the crash and a Facebook group with over 6,400 supporters was set up to pay tribute to Bradley, who was a mechanical apprentice, and Abbey, a hairdresser.
Abbey's mother, Louise, dad Stewart and brother Carlo Parker, from Mayland, Essex, left a tribute to her saying: "Abbey was a fun, bubbly and a wonderful daughter, sister, niece and granddaughter. Abbey lived life to the full everyday.
"Abbey was a keen dancer from a young age, through school and into her teenage years.
Abbey's entire family are going to miss her more than words can describe.
"The family wish to thank everyone for there kind words and flowers at this difficult time and it is greatly appreciated by all."
Bradley's family said: "For the short time Bradley was with us, every single moment was a joy and every joyful moment we had we shall cherish in our hearts forever.
"He always woke in the morning with a smile on his face and went to bed with a smile.
"He spoke to and brought joy to everyone he met. He was a kind and considerate friend, loyal brother, looking out for his sisters and the most wonderful son and treasured grandson anyone could ask for.
"Never judging, only loving. Thank you for every moment of joy you have brought us all, and will still bring in our wonderful memories.
"Our love for you is a journey, starting at forever and ending at never, you wonderful, special young man.
You are now together with your wonderful, darling Abbey, no one will ever keep you apart.
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