THE parents of an infant school teacher have spoken of their devastation after the death of their daughter in a car crash on holiday.
The tragedy happened as Alix Bussey, 23, was coming towards the end of her 20-night break in the resort of Riviera Maya with her boyfriend, Jonathan Boyle, also 23.
We’re absolutely devastated by what has happened and waiting to be given more information by the Foreign Office.Alix Bussey’s mum Penny
Although few details of the incident have been confirmed, it appears Alix was struck by a vehicle as she and Jonathan made their way back to their hotel after a night out on Thursday.
They had been due to fly back to the UK on Saturday.
Alix was a teacher at Bowburn Infants School, while Jonathan works in IT for the NHS.
Today Alix’s parents, Colin and Penny and her younger sister, 21-year-old Leigh spoke of their shock at being informed of the tragic news on Friday night.
Mrs Bussey, 50, said; “We’re absolutely devastated by what has happened and waiting to be given more information by the Foreign Office. “Alix adored being a teacher, it was all she wanted to do from the age of seven and she was devoted to the education and welfare of the children she taught.
“She lived life to the full, loved to party and she and Jonathan were besotted with each other.
“Although they had been away on several occasions this was their first holiday abroad and they had been having a great experience.
“Only the night before she had texted Leigh to say she was having ‘the bestest time ever’.”
Mr Bussey, 55, said: “Alix had a wide circle of friends and the support we have had from them, and members of both families has been unbelievable. “All of our thoughts are with Jonathan and his family as they are going through this with us.”
A former Durham Johnston student, Alix studied primary education at Northumbria University before securing her first teaching job, at Bowburn Infants in September 2012.
Her work with the school saw her visit India last year as part of an exchange programme
She lived with her parents and sister at the family home in Meadowfield.
Alix, along with her dad and sister was a season ticket holder at Newcastle United and all three used to watch the games at St James’ Park together.
A family liaison officer from Durham Constabulary has been appointed and is working with Alix’s family to assist in the inquiries needed for a coroner’s inquest in due course.