Family of woman killed crossing a road are 'devastated'

Katie Clutterbuck - family handout Katie Clutterbuck's family say she will be remembered for her 'happy, caring nature'

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The family of a woman who was killed while crossing a road has said they have been "devastated" by her death.

Katie Clutterbuck, 19, died in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, following the collision on Bath Road, Cheltenham, in September last year.

Lance Hepworth, 67, of Penrith Close in the town, has been jailed for seven months at Gloucester Crown Court.

The taxi driver previously admitted causing Miss Clutterbuck's death by driving without due care and attention.

He was also disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to pay £1,100 in fines and costs. He will have to take an extended test when he returns to driving.

In a statement released through Gloucestershire Police, her family said Katie, who was on an evening out with friends, would be remembered for her "happy, caring nature, [her] kindness, smile, laughter and beautiful blue eyes".

'Happy memories'

"Losing Katie has had an effect not just on all of the family but on her friends, work colleagues and those kind people who were there at the scene of the accident, particularly those who tried to save her life," the statement continued.

"We are still trying to come to terms with her death. The loss is devastating and will remain with us for the rest of our lives."

Her family said that some of Miss Clutterbuck's organs had been donated after her death.

"Katie was a beautiful young woman both inside and out who was just gaining in confidence and maturing as a young woman of 19-years-old," they added.

"As a family we made the decision to donate Katie's organs, by which she has given hope to seven people to extend their lives.

"Although Katie's life has ended all too soon through no fault of her own, she lives on through seven other people, as well as in our happy memories of our times spent together as a family and in our dreams."

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