Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes Paid to a 'Beautiful Person' Dad Tells of Huge Loss after Tragedy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes Paid to a 'Beautiful Person' Dad Tells of Huge Loss after Tragedy

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter? 0191 201 6138 ?

THE devastated father of a teenager killed in a head-on road smash has told of his heartache at losing the "perfect daughter".

Lucy Duggan was killed instantly when the car she was in, driven by a friend, collided with another vehicle.

The smash, in Northumberland, left 18-year-old Lucy dead and two other friends who had been in the Ford Focus injured, while a woman and her teenage daughter, who had been in the other vehicle are both still in hospital.

Last night police were continuing to question Lucy's 21-year-old male friend, who had been behind the wheel.

And now Lucy's dad, Ralph, has opened his heart to The Journal about the loss.

The 57-year-old said: "Lucy really was a perfect daughter. She was very outgoing but she never gave us any trouble and was always happy. This is every parent's worst nightmare, you never think you will bury your child. Lucy was the strong one in the family and was always supporting us."

Lucy, who lived with her dad, mum Barbara, 49 and brother Jack, 21, in Wall, near Hexham, was killed in the incident on Sunday evening.

From an early age she had wanted to work with children and had recently started her dream career at Little Tinklers nursery, in Corbridge.

The former Queen Elizabeth's High School pupil was also still elated after returning from her first girl's holiday in Malia.

"She had just left school, got a job and got a car," said Ralph, who works as a farrier.

"Her life was really taking off. She was really happy.

"Ever since she was a baby all she wanted to do was look after children. She was working at the nursery every day and she was loving it.

"It was her dream and we are so pleased she was able to fulfil it before she died.

On Sunday evening Lucy's mum had dropped her daughter off at a friend's house in Hexham before she and Ralph went to a party. …

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