Best teenage friends die in car accident on their way back from a day at the sea

Jennifer Woodhouse and Lara Meldrum.

Jennifer Woodhouse, 18, and Lara Meldrum, 19, planned to attend college for their freshman year, but their lives were tragically cut short after a car accident on their way back from the coast

The tragic teens were determined to kick off the summer in style with a trip to the seaside

Image: Lincolnshire Police/SWNS)

Two “beautiful” teenage best friends who died in a car accident after a day at the seaside had just started their “summer of fun” ahead of their freshman year of college.

Jennifer Woodhouse (18) and Lara Meldrum (19) took full advantage of the hottest day of the year when they were involved in the fatal crash.

The collision between a black Peugeot and a black Volvo took place on the A158 in Hagworthingham, Lincolnshire. just before 7 p.m. last Friday.

Police said the two friends were being treated for their injuries, but both died later and would still like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have dashcam footage of the collision.

Heartbroken family members paid emotional tribute to Lara, of Arnold, Nottinghamshire, and Jennifer, who lived in Alfreton, Derby.

Jennifer Woodhouse was described by her family as a ‘force of nature’


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The pair were due to study together at Sheffield Hallam University in September and had been on a day trip to the beach when disaster struck.

Lara proved to be a talented ice hockey player and played in the National League for Nottingham ice hockey club.

Pizza Express chef Jennifer was described as a “mental health hero” volunteer who was “beautifully kindhearted” and “made the world a better place.”

Jennifer’s family said, “Jennifer was a force of nature.

“A beautifully kind hearted, hardworking, caring and empathetic young woman with the whole world in front of her.

Sporty Lara Meldrum was a talented ice hockey player and a “fun-loving girl”


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“She was our beautiful little star. We are all privileged to have had her in our lives. She was absolutely hilariously funny with an intelligent sense of humor that never failed.

“She would roll on the floor while her friends laughed at the stupidest thing.

“She had a deep-seated sense of morals and principles and lived what she believed.

“She just loved people and most of all, she believed in and defended her whole family, stayed through it all, helped all of us when we were hurt, took care of us when we were sick, advised us through our turmoil, and always made us feel better.” laughing and smiling .

“She loved her brother more than life itself and he protected her fiercely.

“They had the most beautiful bond and although they could irritate each other if something happened, they would be against the world.

“She was so considerate and spent as much time as possible with her extended family.

“She was a whirlwind of energy, going from baking cakes, to dancing, to painting, to playing with her dog, Kevin.

“She lived life to the fullest and looked to the future, always planning and saving for her travels or for her car, or for whatever she wanted.

“She was stubbornly independent and refused help buying a car because she could make it on her own.

She loved dinosaurs and Crocs and shopping online, always waiting for a package. She could have been anything she wanted, she was so smart, so hardworking and so skilled.

“Jen loved to work and earn her own money, she always worked more hours than we asked of her and her colleagues at work became lifelong friends.

Before she got paid work, Jen volunteered at Barnardos, where she worked every week making friends with young and old and had a lot of fun.

“Jen could have been a top chef, working in a cafe, pub and most recently Pizza Express.

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“She was capable beyond her years and took on a lot more responsibility than a teenager should have. Jen brightened up the work day wherever she was and always gave 100%.

“She put others first, always. She understood people so well and last year when her mother and brother were sick she was not only a great support but also a champion shaving her head for charity.

“Jen was a mental health hero and took care of all her friends.

“If you know Jennifer, you love her.”

Lara’s family also paid tribute in a statement issued through the police, saying: “Friends to the end.

“After finishing their A Level exams, Lara and Jennifer had a fun-filled summer ahead of them before leaving together in September to study at Sheffield Hallam University.

“A day trip to the coast ended so tragically.

“Lara was a cheerful girl whose kind and caring nature touched so many of her friends across the country.

Born in Chesterfield she lived most of her life in Coxley, Somerset and Arnold, Nottingham.

“Her friendships remained close and in some cases stronger despite the distances.

“We’ve never known anyone with so many ‘best friends’, something so many called her pride.

“Lara would be the leader of karaoke, dancing and all kinds of hilarious antics. She loved those bus trips with the girls.

“Lara had recently been working part-time at McDonald’s in Arnold. The shy girl who went for her interview blossomed and her colleagues were soon charmed by that infectious laugh and conviviality.

“She worked hard so she could save money to pay for vacations with her friends, nights out and her newfound love of clothes. Every color Crocs you could buy and a hoodie to match!

“Always at the center of the fun and with a great sense of adventure, we’ve always said she lived life in “Lara Time in Lara World.”

“That could be taking her beloved Cockapoo Jet on an adventure through the woods or taking an evening stroll with her friends.

“We will miss her as she jumps on our bed every night to chat before we sleep. We will miss her days bringing her the laundry and the dishes.

“We will miss her stealing our phones and taking random photos without us knowing.

“We will miss her charming ability to get a ride to College, despite just getting money for the bus.

“We will miss her false tan that made her look like tiger bread on day three. We will miss her so much.”

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