Tributes for student crash victim

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a young woman who died in an early morning car crash.

Roseanna Ashleigh Cooper, from Blackpool, was one of seven occupants in a yellow MG ZR on Fleetwood Road at Anchorsholme travelling towards Cleveleys when it hit a lamp-post at the junction with Kelso Avenue.

The 21-year-old student was pronounced dead at the scene on Tuesday morning and the 20-year-old driver from Pilling was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

He has been released on police bail until September 14

Residents today said the section of road was notorious for speeding cars and called for action at the blackspot.

The other five passengers, all of who were in their late teens to early 20s, were taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. One was suffering from a punctured lung and the others were treated for minor injuries.

Bosses at Blackpool and The Fylde College, where Roseanna studied tourism and leisure, said counselling was being offered to her fellow students.

John Swannie, head of tourism, leisure and hospitality, added: “Roseanna has been studying with us for three years and was our school’s Student of the Year in 2010.

“Her future looked so bright and she was popular with students and staff. We will miss Roseanna and our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.”

Heartbroken friends have left floral tributes at the scene of the crash.

One wrote: “I can’t believe you have gone.

“All the memories at college were the best. I have only known you for two years but you will be missed by everyone.”

More than 800 people have joined a Facebook page paying tribute to her.

Hayley Stowell posted: “So lovely to read all your comments and nice to know that my little sister touched so many people’s lives. Thank you for your kind messages xxx.”

Another wrote: “RIP my lovely cousin, I’m gonna miss you so much. I will never forget you, always in my heart and thoughts.”

Friend Bonnie Attewell added: “You were always having fun, enjoying yourself and making those around you smile no matter what

“I will always remember you for being such a good friend.”

Residents living close to the crash scene said problems with speeding motorists had been reported to police on numerous occasions.

One neighbour had raised the issue at Norbreck’s monthly police and community together (PACT) meeting on Monday, the night before the fatal crash.

The man, who gave his name as Brian, said: “This was an accident waiting to happen. We have had our garden wall knocked down three times in four years because of car accidents.

“There are no signs between Cleveleys centre and Norbreck telling people what the speed limit is and cars tear along very quickly.”

Police confirmed steps had been put in place to stop speeding motorists, particularly as road works to accommodate the new tramway have caused constant disruption.

PC Dave Clarke said: “Residents discuss the speed of traffic on Fleetwood Road and Queen’s Promenade at every PACT meeting.

“It is an ongoing problem and we are doing everything we can to try and make motorists more speed aware.”

Local Blackpool councillor Tony Williams added: “How many more young people have to die in unnecessary accidents because of speed?

“They need to realise when driving a car, they’re in charge of a dangerous machine and it’s not just their own lives at stake.

“Idiots who think an accident will never happen to them can make even the quietest streets a danger.

“News of this death is very sad and my deepest sympathies go out to the woman’s family.”

Neighbours spoke of their shock. Bill Porter, 68, from Queen’s Promenade, said: “I was working on my computer at about 5.30am when I heard two big bangs.

“I noticed the lamp-post had been knocked over and saw police leading a young man away in handcuffs.

“Speed is a problem on this road, it has been chaos with roadworks.”

Neighbour, Eddie Allen, 46, said: “I heard a skid then a large thud and realised somebody had crashed.

“A man in a car stopped to help after the accident, I heard somebody shouting to call an ambulance.

“People do speed along here. We ended up with a car upside down in a front garden a few years ago after a man had been drink driving.

“The car was left in a terrible state, I’m surprised anybody survived. As a parent losing your child in this way must be everybody’s worst nightmare.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact Blackpool Police on (01253) 293933.