Tributes paid to ladies killed in Kings Ripton collision

Joyce Carr, the Pearly Queen of Southwark

Joyce Carr, the Pearly Queen of Southwark - Credit: Archant

The two ladies killed in a collision near Kings Ripton on Saturday have been identified.

Peggy Oliver, the Pearly Queen of Redbridge.

Peggy Oliver, the Pearly Queen of Redbridge. - Credit: Archant

Peggy Oliver, 85, of Parkes Road, in Chigwell, Essex, died after her silver Nissan Micra was involved in a collision with a black Nissan Qashqai in Ramsey Road, at about 7.45pm.

Joyce Carr, 77, also from Essex, who was a passenger in the Micra, also died at the scene.

Peggy, who was the Pearly Queen of Redbridge, and Joyce, the Pearly Queen of Southwark, were sister-in-laws and understood to be visiting a relative in the area at the time of the incident.

A spokesman for the Pearly Kings and Queens Association said: “These two Pearly Queens, who were sister-in-laws, have spent their lives with their families raising funds and promoting various charities in London and around the country.

“This is a very sad time for our association members who all knew and worked with them, so we share their loss and send our condolences to the two families.”

A passenger in the rear of the Micra suffered serious injuries and remains in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, in a stable condition, while the driver and passenger of the Qashqai suffered minor injuries.

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Sergeant Simon Goldsmith from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “The driver of the Qashqai recalls seeing a car pass them at the time of the collision so I am appealing to whoever was in that car to get in touch with us urgently.”

According to Magpas Helimedix, both cars involved in the collision left the road and “ended up in a nearby field”.

The spokesman said: “The Helimedix worked alongside Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Crews, ambulance service paramedic crews and a HART crew to remove the patients safely from the vehicles.

“The Magpas team assessed a woman in her 50s who suffered chest injuries. A team from East Anglian Air Ambulance arrived at the scene by rapid response car and continued to treat this patient, before accompanying her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition by land ambulance.

“Two people also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated by the ambulance service paramedic crews.

“Sadly, despite all the best efforts of the medical teams, two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision or either of the vehicles in the moments leading up to it should call the road policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or report via their website