Tributes to young woman killed in Kilrea crash

The crash scene on the Agivey road near Kilrea.
The crash scene on the Agivey road near Kilrea.

The young woman who died following a crash in Londonderry has been named.

Leanne Dripps was from the Upperlands area of Maghera.

Leanne Dripps

Leanne Dripps

The twenty-three year-old domiciliary care worker was understood to have been travelling to work when the accident happened on the Agivey Road in Kilrea at around 8.15am on Thursday morning.

Police said another person was taken to hospital after the collision.

That person’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening, police said.

A spokeswoman for Optimum Care, of which Leanne was an employee, said they were devastated by the loss.

“We were all devastated to learn today of the untimely death of Leanne Dripps,” the spokeswoman told the News Letter.

“Leanne was a dedicated and caring person with a lively sense of humour and will be deeply missed by colleagues and clients alike.

“At this time we want to extend our sincere condolences to her mother, brother, sister and extended family on their loss. She will be missed by us all.”

Tributes flooded Leanne’s Facebook page just hours after the news broke. Friends described her as a “wee star” and “one of the loveliest people”.

In a family notice in Friday’s News Letter, Leanne’s family describe her as “the dearly beloved daughter of Margaret and the late Loui, much loved sister of Melvin, Michelle and the late Mandy, dear sister-in-law of Ashley and auntie of Kyle, Kelvin, Callum, Jessica and Alesha”.

The notice added that she is “lovingly remembered by the entire family circle”. Funeral arrangements are to be confirmed.

The Agivey Road re-opened on Thursday afternoon and police have appealed for witnesses.