Durham woman dies after horror crash which claimed life of eight-year-old boy

Police investigating a collision between a car and a lorry have named a Durham woman as one of two people killed in the collision.

Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 9:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 10:01 am
Bartek Plachta.
Bartek Plachta.

Driver Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie, from Durham, was taken to hospital following the incident on Monday.

The 36-year-old died the following day.

Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie.

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Eight-year-old Bartek Plachta, from Poland, was a back-seat passenger in a Ford Focus involved in the collision on the A92 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another boy, aged nine, also in the back seat of the car, suffered serious facial injuries in the crash, which happened just before 3pm.

The relationship between the casualties was not made clear by police.

The Polish boy's family said in a statement: "Bartek was a much-loved and treasured son and brother.

Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie.

"He was a very popular boy who touched the hearts of many and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and cared for him."

Ms Lewandowska-Ritchie's relatives said: "Monika was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter who was much-loved and will be sadly missed by all who knew and cared for her."

A 36-year-old man travelling in the front of the Ford Focus escaped uninjured and the Iveco lorry driver and his passenger were not hurt.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident just north of the Redhouse roundabout, which closed the route for seven hours.

Inspector Brenda Sinclair said: "Our sympathies are with the families of Bartek and Monika, and we will continue to provide them with all the necessary support and they assistance they require.

"Fife road policing unit has been conducting a thorough investigation into the full circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and we remain keen to speak to any motorists who were on the A92 at around 2.55pm on Monday and witnessed the collision.

"In addition, anyone with any further information that can assist with our inquiries should also get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.