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Family tribute to woman killed in collision near Wool

The family of a woman who tragically died in a collision near Wool have named and paid tribute to her.

At approximately 2.15pm on Sunday 16 August 2015, a two vehicle head-on collision occurred on the A352 at Hethfelton near Wool between a white Hyundai and a blue Ford Fiesta.

Sadly the front seat passenger of the Fiesta – 86-year-old Barbara Hill-Brown from Swanage – sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The rear seat passenger of the Fiesta, a 51-year-old man from Swanage, suffered serious life-changing injuries and was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is no longer life-threatening.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 36-year-old man from Wareham, suffered serious injuries and is receiving treatment at Poole Hospital.

The driver of the Fiesta, a 60-year-old man from Australia, suffered serious life-changing spinal injuries and was also taken to Poole Hospital. Both drivers had to be cut free from their vehicles by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

In a statement, Mrs Barbara Hill-Brown’s family said: “We are devastated by the tragedy that has overtaken our family as we mourn deeply Barbara Hill-Brown – loving mother to three sons, a devoted grandmother and a good friend.

“She was a much loved member of the community in her home town of Swanage since 1947. She loved life and lived it in all its fullness.

“We want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the many good people who have and are supporting us as a family while we work through these tragic circumstances, especially the members to the emergency services who were at the scene, Dorset Police family liaison officers, and the nursing and medical staff at both Poole and Southampton hospitals.”

Police Sergeant Nikki Burt, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or either vehicle being driven prior to the incident to please call me on 101.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 16:286. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

ISSUED: 19 August 2015

Barbara Hill-Brown