Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

3 Years and We Still Expect Codie to Walk in - She'll Always Be with Us

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

3 Years and We Still Expect Codie to Walk in - She'll Always Be with Us

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Byline: DAVID HUNTLEY david.huntley@trinitymirror.com @davey_huntley

THE family of a young soldier who tragically died in a car accident have said her spirit "lives on" in all of them.

Codie Richardson, from Norton, was only 20 when the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree on Leyburn Road, near the entrance of Catterick Golf Club, North Yorkshire.

This Wednesday will be three years to the day since she died and her mum says she still expects her fun-loving and caring daughter to walk through the door.

Carol Muir, 51, said: "We miss her everyday. It's still very hard to believe and these past three years have went by so quickly. We still wish she could just walk through the door now but that is never going to happen.

Codie "We saw her that day she died and then the last time I saw her in person was in the morgue. That is something that never goes out of your mind.

"We can't bear to celebrate birthdays or Christmas as much anymore because we find it so hard to do that without her around; she loved a party and having a laugh.

"Nothing will ever replace her." Codie, a Private with The Royal Dragoon Guards, died when the black Seat Ibiza car she was travelling in crashed.

The driver of the car, 23-year-old Mark McKeen, from Northern Ireland, died at the scene.

Codie, who attended Frederick Nattrass Primary School in Norton and Albany Secondary School, was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries but Mrs Muir said she will always have her daughter in her thoughts. …

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