Tributes to pair killed in Lancashire accident

TRAGEDY: A profile picture of Agnes Parkinson from her Facebook page
TRAGEDY: A profile picture of Agnes Parkinson from her Facebook page
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Tributes have been paid following a car accident in which two people died.

Stephen Rigbye, 38, and his partner and passenger Agnes Parkinson, 40, were fatally injured when a black BMW lost control on a bend near Mawdesley and struck a wall.

I don’t know what to say. It’s so sad. You never expect it to be people you know.

Mr Rigbye, who lived in Scarsbrick, was well known in Mawdesley.

Agnes Parkinson lived in Dark Lane in the village.

Mr Rigbye was involved in the family garage Rigbye’s, Blue Stone Lane, Mawdesley.

His father, who was at the premises yesterday, did not wish to comment.

Neighbour Eleanor Marshall, 22, of Blue Stone Lane, said: “My parents knew him since he was nine when they moved here. I’ve known him since he was born because his parents lived the other side of the garage.

“He was a really lovely guy. He was always really helpful and nice . . . the amount of times I went round there and said ‘can I borrow this tool to fix my car?’

“I don’t know what to say. It’s so sad. You never expect it to be people you know.

“I knew his son as well. I’ve never met him. He looks just like him.”

A person at the Red Lion pub, in the centre of the village, who did not wish to be named, said; “They were liked in the village. They were popular.

“Everybody’s upset. It’s been a shock to everybody.”

Another resident, who did no want to be named, said: “He was a motor mechanic. I knew Stephen very well. My late husband used to go there. He would pick your car up and do an MOT.

“I would say he was a jolly person. He was very nice, kind, helpful, jolly.”

A woman who answered the door at Agnes Parkinson’s address said she was her sister, but did not wish to say anything at the time.

Agnes Parkinson worked as a tutor at Runshaw College, Leyland, from 2011.

On her social networking site LinkedIn for the business community, she says she was from Mawdesley and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University where she gained a BA in hotel management with tourism.

Her summary says: “I worked in the hospitality industry in each department of the hotel business for Hilton Hotels and Village Hotels, I also worked abroad in this industry. Later I completed my PGCE at Bolton Institute of Higher Education. I then worked for six years at St.Helens College teaching and now work at Runshaw College.”