Tributes are being paid to a ‘friendly, caring’ woman who died following a crash in Sussex.
Tracey Howells, 52, from Heathfield was driving northbound on Wartling Hill when an orange Ford Transit travelling in the opposite direction collided with her black Honda Jazz.
Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident at around 3.55pm on May 20.
Tracey’s family said:
“Tracey was simply fantastic. Her family couldn’t have asked for a better nanny, mum, daughter and sister.
“Tracey is survived by an adoring family to whom she meant so much and she took great pride in talking about, to all who would listen.
“Tracey was a friendly, caring and outgoing character, who always found time to talk to friends and strangers alike.
“Working in Boots in Hailsham, she has become well known within the community and demonstrated the epitome of kindness.
“This was reflected in the huge outpouring of lovely comments on social media, which we have taken great comfort in reading.
“Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of so many people whose life she has touched for the better.
“Her love of life was always apparent, this positive approach was contagious and she was able to brighten up even the darkest of days.
“We would like to sincerely thank all the emergency services who attended the scene for their tremendous efforts following this tragic accident, and recognise the fantastic job they do in the most difficult of circumstances.”
A passenger of the Honda – a 74 year old woman from Hailsham – remains in a stable condition in hospital after sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to Sussex Police.
Three occupants of the Ford sustained minor injuries.
Tracey’s funeral will be held at Wealden Crematorium on Tuesday 18 June at 1pm, followed by a wake at the Kings Head Cacklebury pub from 3pm.
Her family said all are welcome to attend, and they have asked bright colours be worn.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who has dash cam or CCTV which may have captured the incident, is being asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting Operation Sidmouth.