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Teenage couple killed in tractor collision

By MatthewWard  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

  • Tragic: Bradley Cooper and Abbey Parker

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A TEENAGE couple were killed when their motorbike collided with two tractors.

Bradley Cooper, 18, of Coxs Close, South Woodham Ferrers, and Abbey Parker, 17, of Mayland, were on their way to Ford Dunton near Basildon for the 13th annual motorcycle run, a charity event for Essex Air Ambulance.

But at 9.30am on Sunday the couple’s journey was stopped short when the blue Yamaha motorcycle they were riding collided with a red Case International tractor and then a green and yellow tractor on Lower Burnham Road, North Fambridge.

Although an Essex Air Ambulance arrived at the scene of the accident on Sunday, nothing could be done to save the young couple who were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death while driving uninsured, but has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Since the accident an outpouring of grief has been shown by the local community with dozens of flowers laid at the scene and a facebook group with over 6,400 likes conveying heartfelt messages for the couple.

Abbey’s mum, Louise, dad, Stewart and brother Carlo Parker of The Drive, Mayland, left a tribute to her yesterday saying: “Abbey was a fun, bubbly and a wonderful daughter, sister, niece and granddaughter. Abbey lived life to the full everyday.

“Abbey was a keen dancer from a young age, through school and into her teenage years.

“She was doing an apprenticeship in hairdressing in a local hair salon in Burnham owned by her family.

“Abbey’s entire family are going to miss her more than words can describe.

“The family wish to thank everyone for there kind words and flowers at this difficult time and it is greatly appreciated by all.”

The couple had both been pupils at William de Ferrers School in South Woodham Ferrers where Abbey’s mum works as a science technician.

Bradley’s family also wanted to pay tribute and said: “For the short time Bradley was with us, every single moment was a joy and every joyful moment we had we shall cherish in our hearts forever.

“He always woke in the morning with a smile on his face and went to bed with a smile.

“He spoke to and brought joy to everyone he met. He was a kind and considerate friend, loyal brother, looking out for his sisters and the most wonderful son and treasured grandson anyone could ask for.

“Never judging, only loving.

“Thank you for every moment of joy you have brought us all, and will still bring in our wonderful memories.

“Our love for you is a journey, starting at forever and ending at never, you wonderful, special young man.

“You are now together with your wonderful, darling Abbey, no one will ever keep you apart.”


A friend of Abbey and Bradley, who also attended William de Ferrers, Aaron Parkhurst-Thompson said: “We are all devastated over the loss of Bradley and Abbey, they where both such wonderful people to see and be around.

“I knew them both around the time they started to become a couple; Brad being the lively one, always smiling being cheerful, having a laugh and Abbey always spoke her mind as many of her friends do and that’s what makes her such a likeable person. They will both be missed greatly, two more stars to brighten up the night.”

On the facebook group RIP Abbey Parker and Bradley Cooper, Jamie Trigg wrote:

“They were really nice people. A bike run in aid of these two would be a good idea as they both loved to ride with each other.

“I was on the motorbike run and never thought I would hear when I got home that two fellow bikers had died. Especially a friend. R.I.P Abbey and Bradley.”

Callum Reavell, said: “R.I.P both of you, you were both perfect for each other, so tragic, both had their lives ahead of them. Two fantastic people. Thoughts go out to both their families. Never going to forget these two ever.”

Christopher Condon, wrote:

“What a great couple. I had the pleasure of spending time with both Brad and Abbey.

“Brad was a friend and work colleague of my son.

“It was a comfort to me knowing my son had a good, loyal, trusting friend in Brad.

“I could not have asked for a nicer lad than Brad to have been my sons friend. Always smiling, always polite and respectful to me and others.

“Will always treasure the day we all spent having a great time over the fields. You will both always be remembered with love.

“My thoughts are with both sets of parents for the loss of these two beautiful kids, and I would like them to know Brad and Abbey were a pleasure to be around and always brightened my family’s day xxx.”

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