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Mother of Beccles teenager Rachel Stoter killed in A47 lorry crash pays tribute to her ‘beautiful’ daughter

PUBLISHED: 08:15 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 20:05 24 May 2017

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died aged just 18 in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died aged just 18 in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

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The devastated mother of a teenage girl killed in a crash on the A47 in Suffolk has paid tribute to her daughter, who she has described as being “beautiful inside and out”.

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Rachel Stoter, who was born in Kent but grew up in the Beccles area with her mother Michelle Whiting, died after being hit by a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the A47 near Lowestoft on Monday.

She was rushed to James Paget University Hospital with life-threatening injuries but died later that evening.

Miss Stoter’s heartbroken mother has led tributes to the teenager, who attended Wenhaston Primary School, Halesworth Middle School and Bungay High School.

She said: “My beautiful daughter Rachel Lorraine Stoter, born on December 15, 1998, was taken far too soon.

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

“After doing so well with her mental health issues, she is gone but never forgotten.

“[Rachel] was loved by all who knew her, she will be missed by mum Michelle, dad Ron, sisters Lisa, Sam and Lorna, brother Alec, nephews and nieces and countless others.

Ms Whiting added: “Rachel had a lovely personality and was beautiful inside and out.

“She had some mental health issues and had lived in various parts of Suffolk as a result. “Most recently, she stayed here with me and she lived in Ipswich for a while last year.

Tributes have been paid to Suffolk teenager Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Tributes have been paid to Suffolk teenager Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

“We are heartbroken as a family and she was loved by everyone.

“Her sister Lorna is due to give birth soon and when we went to the hospital we were meant to be seeing her baby being born, not to say goodbye to Rachel.

“We will miss her so much, my kind and caring daughter.”

Miss Stoter is the 15th person to die on Suffolk’s roads since the beginning of the year.

Rachel Stoter with her mother Michelle Whiting. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Rachel Stoter with her mother Michelle Whiting. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Ms Whiting said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me messages of condolence and to my church friends from the New Life Christian Fellowship in Beccles who have been supporting me and my family.”

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the crash.

Detectives shut the northbound carriageway on the A47 near Jay Lane until around 7.25pm on Monday to carry out an investigation at the scene.

• Witnesses and anyone with information or dash cam footage should call the serious collision investigation team on 101 quoting CAD number 261 of May 22.

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