Richmond mum-of-two dies in A66 collision

Amy Purvis.

Tributes have been paid to a loving mother-of-two who died in a collision on the A66 this week.

Amy Purvis died in hospital yesterday following the crash between Bowes and Greta Bridge on Tuesday evening.

The 36-year-old, from Richmond, was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries following the two-vehicle collision, but sadly passed away yesterday.

The driver of the other car, a 58-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, near Rokeby.

Today, Amy’s family released a statement telling of their pride and their sorrow.

The statement reads: “Our beautiful Amy who was so loved by everyone, passed away in hospital on Thursday 16th December following a collision on Tuesday evening.

“Amy was a caring daughter, amazing sister, much-loved Auntie, loving partner to Steven and a wonderful Mummy to her two precious girls.

“Anyone who has met Amy will testify that she always tried to help and make a difference to the lives of other people.

“We are immeasurably proud that many of Amy’s organs will be used to save the lives of others.

“Our Christmas will be difficult this year but we take much comfort that because Amy was a registered organ donor, there are families who will receive phone calls this week to say that they have been found a donor match for life-changing surgery”.

The statement goes on: “Our family would like thank everyone who has worked so hard to look after Amy this week including Durham Constabulary. The ambulance and fire service and the amazing staff at James Cook University Hospital.

“We will love Amy forever”.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the two-vehicle crash, which occurred at around 10pm on a single carriageway stretch of road.

Amy was driving a Toyota Yaris eastbound along the A66 when it was struck by a Nissan X-Trail which, for reasons yet to be established, crossed the carriageway causing a head-on crash.

The identity of the driver of the Nissan is not being released by police at present.

Neither vehicle was carrying any other passengers.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage of the moments leading up to it is asked to ring Durham Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit on 101.