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Family pay tribute to “much-loved” grandmother who died after North Bitchburn crash

Rita Young

[A] FAMILY has paid tribute to a “much-loved” grandmother who has died following a road collision.

Rita Young, 62, has passed away following the crash in which she was seriously injured at the crossroads of Green Lane, North Bitchburn, on July 5.

The grandmother-of-six from Billy Row in Crook, was initially flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Mrs Young was later transferred to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where she died on Saturday (August 26).

Her daughter, Lucy Mays, has today paid tribute to her. She said: “Rita was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who lived for her family.

“She loved nothing more than time spent with her grandkids, to who she was dedicated.

“She enjoyed playing bingo at the club in Crook where she helped out with her husband Jim, as well as listening to music on a Saturday night at Willington Working Men’s Club.

“She adored day trips to the beach and looking after her German Shepherd, Major.

“She was so good-natured and family-orientated and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.”

A post mortem into Mrs Young’s death is due to be held this week.

Mrs Young was a rear-seat passenger in a dark-blue Volkswagen Touran which was involved in a collision with a red Ford Fiesta at the crossroads at about 10.50am.

Durham Constabulary can confirm enquiries into the investigation continue. Anyone who has any information who hasn’t already come forward, please call 101 quoting incident number 136 of July 5.

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