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THE distraught mother of a student killed in a car crash said today she hopes other young people learn lessons from her daughter’s tragic death.

Gina Bailey has been left heartbroken by the loss of 21-year-old daughter Roseanna Cooper.

Roseanna Cooper

Roseanna Cooper

Miss Cooper was killed following a crash on Fleetwood Road in Anchorsholme.

The Blackpool and The Fylde College student was one of seven people in a yellow MG ZR car when it crashed into a wall.

Ms Bailey, 43, of Gorton Street, North Shore, whose daughter’s funeral will be held tomorrow, said: “I just can’t believe what’s happened.

“They are all young and they weren’t thinking.

“There shouldn’t have been seven of them in a car. I’m angry and upset. I’m having flashbacks at night.

“All of them are to blame. But it’s not going to bring Roseanna back.

“I hope young people learn a lesson from this. They have to think things through before they get in a car.”

Miss Cooper, of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, died from multiple injuries following the crash which happened just before 6am on June 7.

Ms Bailey was due to meet her daughter on the morning of the crash.

She said: “I’d gone into town to meet Roseanna. She was getting the keys to her new flat. She was really excited about it.

“But she never turned up. I kept ringing her but her phone was switched off.

“Then I got a phone call from the police asking where I was. Next thing an officer turned up on Abingdon Street and asked me to get in his car. Then he told me there had been a horrible accident.”

It was the second time road tragedy had befallen the family.

Ten years agony Roseanna’s father John was killed when his motorbike collided with a car on Talbot Road, Blackpool.

Mum-of-nine Ms Bailey said: “I never thought I’d lose my daughter before I died. She was my rock.

“Roseanna’s dad died in a motorbike crash when she was young so I was the mum and dad for her.

“She had so much going for her. She wanted to be an air hostess and she was really looking forward to finishing college this year. I was so proud of her for doing that.”

“This has really hit me hard, but I’ve got to think of my children. We have cried together.”

Miss Cooper funeral will be held at 12pm on Friday at Carleton Crematorium.

Mourners can dress either in bright colours to help celebrate Roseanna’s life or in traditional black if they prefer.

The procession will leave Gorton Street at 11.15am arrive at Bispham High school at 11.30am where pupils at her former school will line the streets to pay their respects.

Flower tributes are welcome and her family have asked for Special Care Baby Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

* The driver of the MG ZR, a 20-year-old man from Pilling, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous death and drink driving.

He was released on police bail until September 14.