Tributes have been pouring in for a 19-year-old aspiring actress from Donington who died following a road collision.
Flowers have been laid in memory of former Kirton schoolgirl Jess Danby outside Boston’s Caffé Nero, where she worked and had been heading ahead of the crash, on Thursday, October 1.
She was always bubbly, always smiling. Every single customer that came in she had a conversation with them whether she knew them or not
Best friend and co-worker Arabella Brooks said: “She was always bubbly, always smiling. Every single customer that came in she had a conversation with them whether she knew them or not.”
She recalled how they would go to the cinema together and recently pretended to get engaged – Arabella referring to Jess affectionately as ‘her wifey’.
She said finding out about the incident was ‘such a shock’.
“I got a telephone call asking where she was because she hadn’t turned up to work.
“Then we saw about the accident and it just clicked in our heads what had happened because she came that way to work,” she said.
“It doesn’t feel real. We still expect her to walk through the door.”
Jess was fatally injured after the moped she was riding was involved in a collision with an Audi A7 at about 7am on the Thursday.
She was taken to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital with what police described as ‘very serious injuries’ and then transferred to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. Over that weekend, police announced she had sadly died in hospital.
Jess went to Kirton Middlecott School. She was an aspiring actress and studied performing arts at Stamford College before going on to The Actors Centre.
She had appeared in a number of productions including Pulp Fiction, Moulin Rouge, Macbeth, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Arabella said she often took trips to London to follow her dreams and watch shows.
A spokesman for New College Stamford told the Free Press: “It is with deepest sadness and sympathy that we learnt of the passing of Jess who was a vibrant and valued member of the performing arts course.
“She was a committed and diligent student and was very popular with her peers and tutors alike.
“Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time.”
People have also taken to social media to pay tribute.
Jason Stevenson posted that Jess had the ability to ‘make people laugh, to always smile’, adding she was ‘a truly colourful character’.
* A 52-year-old man was arrested by police in connection with the collision and released on police bail until November 16.