Daughter of Bowthorpe woman killed in crash pays emotional tribute from hospital

Christine Coulton, left, and her daughter Lucinda, right. Pic: Submitted. Christine Coulton, left, and her daughter Lucinda, right. Pic: Submitted.

Peter Walsh peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Monday, May 26, 2014
6:30 AM

A woman who was seriously injured in the same crash which killed her mother has paid an emotional tribute from her hospital bed while she recovers.

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Lucinda Coulton, 24, is still unable to walk following the three-vehicle collision on the A146 at Loddon which claimed the life of 61-year-old Christine Coulton from Bowthorpe who was a front seat passenger in the car she was driving.

Speaking from her bed at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she has been transferred to after initially being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge following the crash on April 17, Miss Coulton said her mother was a “happy” and loving person with a “big personality” who loved to sing.

She said: “She was so happy. She had such an energy to her. She spoke to everyone and had time for everyone and had a lot of love to give.

“She was so well known to people - there’s lots and lots of people that want to come to the funeral who knew her and know of her because she has such a big personality.”

Ms Coulton, who was born in Rugby, moved to Norwich about 30 years ago and worked at the Theatre Royal and was a bar maid at the Edith Cavell in the city although was not working at the time of her death as a result of ongoing back problems she suffered from.

Miss Coulton, who lives at Old Catton and works at the N&N as a health care assistant, said her she can recall her mother “dying” in the car in the aftermath of the crash and describes her emotions as “bittersweet” but wanted to thank the “amazing” medical teams who helped her and her mother.

The former Costessey High School pupil, who also wanted to thank family and friends for their “support” and coming together as they have, said she wanted to raise money for the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) who also attended the crash and has set up a Just giving page.

Miss Coulton, who is due to study nursing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in September but will have to defer entry because of her injuries, said: “I woke up to one of the doctors who I knew (Drew Welch) and he and the rest of the NARS team played a massive part in helping to save my life at the roadside.”

An inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned to be reviewed on or before July 17.

A funeral service for Ms Coulton, who leaves behind fiancé Steve, mother Mary, three sisters and a brother, is to be held on Friday, June 20 at St Faiths Crematorium at 2pm.

The dress code is smart/casual with a hint of red with the family requesting that people wear colours other than black as Ms Coultion was a colourful person.

To help donate to NARS go to www.justgiving.com/team-NARS

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