College tributes to Bath women killed in car crashes

Tributes to Kirsty Bowen
Image caption Flowers and cards have been left for Miss Bowen in the Weston area of Bath

Tributes have been paid to two young women from Bath who died in separate car crashes at the weekend.

City of Bath College said former student Rhiannon Priestley, 20, died on the M4 less than 24 hours after current student Kirsty Bowen, 18, died in Bath.

The college said: "Our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences are with Kirsty and Rhiannon's families at this distressing and difficult time."

It said measures were in place to support grieving students.

Flowers and cards have been left for Miss Bowen in the Weston area where the car she was driving crashed into a parked vehicle and overturned.

A college spokesman said: "Students and staff at the City of Bath College are deeply saddened by the death of health and social care student Kirsty Bowen who had just celebrated her 18th birthday.

'Fondly remembered'

"Kirsty successfully completed her level 2 programme at the college last year and had made a positive start to her level 3 course.

"She will be fondly remembered by all those here who knew her."

Miss Priestley was involved in a collision on the M4 near Bristol in the early hours of Sunday.

She got out of her car and was hit by a number of vehicles.

A spokesman for the college said Miss Priestley was a former Ralph Allen pupil who lived at Batheaston.

He said she had been working at the Radley store in Bath and at the George and Dragon pub in her home village.

He added that she was a travel and tourism student at the college between 2008 and 2010 and was "remembered by many staff who had the pleasure of teaching her."

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