The fiance of road tragedy victim Grace Dyson was with her at the time and witnessed the horrific crash, police have confirmed.

As reported, Grace,18, was struck by a tipper van when she slipped while walking along a narrow footpath on Springwood Road, Thongsbridge, last Friday.

She was walking along with fiance Jason Booth, 18 and the pair had been on their way to get fish and chips for her family, during the torrential rain.

But an ordinary evening turned to tragedy and despite an off-duty nurse stopping to help and paramedics best efforts she died at the the scene.

 

Miss Dyson, an office administration student, had been with Jason for around 14 months, and the couple became engaged last Christmas.

News of the former Greenhead College student’s death has shocked the community and many have paid tribute to her memory.

College principal Anton McGrath said: “Grace had just sat her A-levels and had done really well. She wasn’t going to university, she was weighing up her options.

“When news of what had happened came to me, we were hoping it wasn’t her but due to the age and the location we knew in all likelihood it was her.

“I then broke the news to staff and they were clearly moved and two of them burst into tears.

“She had struck up a close working relationship with her staff, particularly the language department.

“She studied Italian and German and was a fantastic linguist. She was particularly gifted in Italian.

“We are all shocked and devastated. We are all numb.”

Grace had collected her A-level results at school just three weeks before her death and had studied German, Italian, English Literature, Biology and General Studies. Mr McGrath said he would personally write to the Dyson family to offer his condolences and those of the school community as a whole. He said when the time is right they would look at a memorial and consult with the family's wishes.

Detectives are continuing their investigations into the tragedy and police have now formally identified her.

Tributes have continued to flood social media and flowers and further items have been placed at the scene where she died.