TRIBUTES have been paid to bubbly Moulton Chapel woman Michaela Cook (24), who lost her life when her car crashed into a dyke off the A1073 on Saturday.
One of her younger brothers – believed to be Dalton Cook (17) – was seriously injured in the accident and airlifted to Peterborough City Hospital where his condition is now said to be stable.
Alan Kerr, of the Moulton Chapel general store Ken’s Kabin, said Michaela was in the shop on Saturday morning talking with his colleague about buying Christmas presents.
Mr Kerr said: “She was one of those people who when she came in the door – it didn’t matter how you felt – you had to smile. She was always up for a laugh and a joke.
“She loved her cars. Every single one of them she owned, pretty much, looked like it should have been in a showroom. I think they got polished every weekend.
“The only thing she cared for more than her cars were her brothers and sisters and I think she would be absolutely mortified to know that her younger brother is in hospital after being a passenger in her car.
“She doted on Dalton and Mitchell.”
Monica Lees, who lives next door to the Cook family, said: “I’ve known Michaela since she was a child, although we haven’t had much to do with her and her brothers and sisters for the past few years.
“Michaela was very nice – a really bubbly person. It’s a terrible shame.
“The news came as a real shock.”
Dalton Cook was a Year 11 pupil last year at the St Guthlac School, Crowland, and executive headteacher of the new academy Steve Baragwanath said: “He was a quiet, nice, friendly lad and we hope that he pulls through. We are very sorry for the family.”
Floral and handwritten tributes for Michaela were left at the scene of the crash, just north of the B1143 at Mason’s Bridge. The accident happened at about 4pm only the day before the £80million A16 bypass opened to replace the A1073.
Kimberley See (21), from Whaplode, was killed in a three car crash at New York, near Boston, on Friday night. Whaplode councillor Bob Creese said: “It’s a regrettable loss of life, all the more tragic when it’s someone so young.”