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Beer and floral tributes left for Dengemarsh Road crash victims Beth Eves and Harry Skilton

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

Tributes, including a bottle of Stella Artois beer, have been left at the scene of a crash where two former school friends lost their lives.

Flowers and a tealight have been placed by mourners at the crossroads junction of Dengemarsh Road with Galloway Road in Lydd for the deceased - named as Beth Eves and Harry Skilton.

The pair both died in hospital after the grey Mini Cooper they were travelling in crashed through a barbed wire fence onto farming land and into a river in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tributes left at the scene

A third occupant, a man who has not yet been named, also suffered injuries, which were not described as serious.

The stretch of water where the crash occurred at around 3.40am is known as the Dengemarsh Sewer.

Map of the scene of the crash in Dengemarsh Road, Lydd (10739549)
Map of the scene of the crash in Dengemarsh Road, Lydd (10739549)

The pair were rescued from the vehicle by the emergency services and taken to hospital where they both died later the same day.

A member of staff at nearby Herons Park camping site said no guests witnessed the accident, but saw and heard the emergency helicopter overhead.

Scene of fatal crash involving Beth Eves and Harry Skilton. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Scene of fatal crash involving Beth Eves and Harry Skilton. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

Miss Eves was a design apprentice with Google and went to Invicta Grammar School, while Mr Skilton was a former Maidstone Grammar School pupil from Barming.

Both the deceased were believed to have been 21 and their next of kin have been informed.

Tributes have also been paid to the duo on social media.

Flowers have been left at Dengesmarsh road in Lydd. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Flowers have been left at Dengesmarsh road in Lydd. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Beth Eves and Harry Skilton died when the Mini Cooper in which they were travelling crashed into water know as Dengemarsh Sewer. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Beth Eves and Harry Skilton died when the Mini Cooper in which they were travelling crashed into water know as Dengemarsh Sewer. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

Cameron Ryan posted: "Harry and Beth. I can’t describe how empty I feel knowing that when I next come to Maidstone you’re not going be there. Harry, you’re a brother, a friend and an excellent human being and you improved the life of everyone you met by being so generous and friendly.

"I hope everyone who sees this takes extra care behind the wheel going forward, because life is precious and can be taken away in the blink of an eye."

The fence that the car went through during the crash. Picture: Barry Goodwin
The fence that the car went through during the crash. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Serious collision investigation officers are appealing for witnesses to the accident to come forward, and particularly anyone who may have dash-cam footage taken in the area around that time or saw the Mini in the moments leading up to the incident.

Anyone with information should call the appeal line on 01622 798538 and quote HW/DC/056/19/.

Alternatively email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

A Stella Artois bottle has been left at the crash scene as a tribute. Picture: Molly Mileham-Chappell (10723272)
A Stella Artois bottle has been left at the crash scene as a tribute. Picture: Molly Mileham-Chappell (10723272)

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