Family pays tribute to 'loving and beautiful' 22-year-old woman killed in crash in Blackburn

Tributes have been paid to a 22-year-old woman who died in a crash near Blackburn.

Friday, 21st February 2020, 4:52 pm
Updated Monday, 24th February 2020, 6:19 pm

A woman has died following a collision in Belthorn yesterday.

Police were called to a report of a collision involving a Mini and Audi Q3 on Elton Road in Belthorn at around 10.40am yesterday (February 20th).

The driver of the Mini, Megan Byrne, 22, from Blackburn, died at the scene.

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Megan’s mum and dad, Joanne and John, have paid the following tribute to her: “On Thursday 20th February 2020 sadly our beautiful daughter Megan Louise Byrne was taken away.

"She will be remembered firstly as a loving and loyal beautiful woman with an exciting wonderful life ahead of her such as her teaching career which she loved and was so dedicated to and meeting the love of her life, Martyn, with whom she was at her happiest.

“Megan lit up the room and blessed so many with her light without knowing it. She was loved by everyone she came in to contact with.

"Our lives will never be the same again as a shining star she leaves the earth and brightens up the heavens.

Megan Byrne (pictured) died at the scene of a collision in Blackburn. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

"Enjoy your birthday with Grandma, night night our perfect precious princess, rest in peace.

"With love, Mum, Dad, Josh, Sandra, Mike, Martyn, Beth, Grandma, Grandad, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and all of your friends.

Her brother Joshua added: “As your little brother, you were a huge influence and a massive role model for me.

"You were my polar opposite but you taught me so much.

"You gave me confidence with your bold personality and always made sure there was a fire burning in my heart.

"You were the best big sister anybody could ask for and it really is a shame, I only properly appreciate it now.

"I know you’re looking down on us wishing we could all be okay, but you made an impact everywhere you went.

"Life is going to be very different from now on, but it’s important that you are remembered although you will definitely never be forgotten.

"Rest in peace Megan, I loved you so much, Josh.”

The driver of the Audi, a 31-year-old woman from Blackburn, suffered minor injuries.

Officers are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Sgt Steve Hardman said: “Firstly, my thoughts remain with Megan’s family at this incredibly distressing time. They are being supported by special trained officers.

“We need anyone who saw the vehicles in the time leading up to the incident, or the collision itself, to come forward as they could have vital information to assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or by emailing [email protected], quoting incident reference number 420 of February 20.

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