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Family's tributes to tragic Caroline

GRIEVING relatives and friends today paid tribute to a young woman killed in a road accident.

GRIEVING relatives and friends today paid tribute to a young woman killed in a road accident.

And they urged officials to look at road safety in the Shelley area after the accident which claimed the life of 19-year-old Caroline Hampshaw, of Shepley.

They say there have been other fatal accidents on the section of Penistone Road where the tragedy happened.

Caroline's mother, Mrs Elaine Hampshaw, said her daughter was a sociable young woman who loved going out with her friends.

She was returning from visiting a friend in Shepley on Sunday night when she was killed.

The former Shelley High School pupil had just got off a bus in Penistone Road when she was in the accident with a car. She died instantly.

Mrs Hampshaw said: "When I go up to Caroline's bedroom and see all her stuff and her slippers on the floor I just can't believe it.

"I just keep going backwards and forwards over it in my mind.

"I'm just concerned about getting through each day.

"People have been wonderful. The phone has never stopped and the messages on the floral tributes say it all," she added.

The last time Mrs Hampshaw was in touch with Caroline, or Caz, as she liked to be known, was on Sunday night.

"She sent me a text message on her mobile phone.

"I said I would probably pick her up on my way home from work. But she said not to bother; she'd get a bus and go to bed."

Best friend Sarah Ward, whose father, Stephen, has campaigned to make the road safer, said simply: "She was a star."

Caroline had worked for the last two years at New Generation hairdressers in Netherton. She had a sister, Steph, 21, and brother David, 22.

For the past few years, campaigners have called on Kirklees Council and the police to make Penistone Road safer.

The speed limit on the road is 30mph.

Ian Burkinshaw, of Cleveland Way, one of the campaigners, said that part of Penistone Road was dangerous because of badly-sited bus stops and a pedestrian crossing, narrow pavements and poor lighting.

"There have been four fatalities in recent years in the space of just 100 yards," he said.

"And you can guarantee that if something isn't done soon a tragedy will happen again."

Caroline's funeral will be at 10.15am tomorrow at St Paul's Church in Marsh Lane, Shepley, followed by cremation at Wakefield.

Mourners will then meet up again at the Cask and Spindle pub in Shelley.

* An inquest into Caroline's death was opened and adjourned in Huddersfield yesterday.

It heard that she died of injuries sustained in the accident in Penistone Road, near the junction with Cleveland Way.

The inquest was adjourned for further inquiries to be made.


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