Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Miss Her Smile, Her Hugs, Her Enthusiasm for Life, the Chats, the Advice, Her Calm Nature and So Much More'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Miss Her Smile, Her Hugs, Her Enthusiasm for Life, the Chats, the Advice, Her Calm Nature and So Much More'

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ADEVASTATED family has paid tribute to a mother killed in a collision in Northumberland as the driver who hit her was banned from the road.

Collin Blandford, 30, lost control of his HGV as he drove in icy conditions on the A1 around two miles north of Alnwick on December 11, 2014.

He had just completed an overtaking manoeuvre when he lost control of his vehicle and skidded across the road.

It collided head-on with a Citroen travelling in the opposite direction and left the driver, Lisa Wood, 49, with little chance of survival.

Lisa, of Spittal, Berwick, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colin Blandford was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial in Newcastle last month but admitted causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing.

At Teesside Crown Court today Blandford, of Durham Gardens, Durham, was handed a 12-month driving ban and a 12-month community order to carry out 90 hours of unpaid work.

Following the case, Lisa's daughter Danielle spoke on behalf of the family and said: "I cannot put into word how truly devastating the tragic loss of my Mum has been on us all. Our lives changed forever the day she was taken from us and we continue to miss her every day.

"We miss her smile, her hugs, her enthusiasm for life, the chats, the advice, her calm unassuming nature and so much more. My mum had a true passion for her job as a midwife and her approachable, happy personality made her the perfect companion for many a mother in their life changing moments.

"There was always such pride in her voice when she spoke of her work or colleagues, the daily conversations updating me on her many colleagues are some I miss the most."

Danielle said her mum's true passion was her family.

She continued: "Sharing 29 years of marriage and 33 years of happiness with my Dad, they complemented each other perfectly. In more recent years she became a grandmother and to say she doted on her grandsons would be an understatement.

"The feeling was mutual and they would flock to be in her company, she had immeasurable patience with all of them and would go to the ends of the earth for them, for all of us. …

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