Family of Tuddenham crash victim Rachael Bond pay tribute to 'always laughing and always smiling' mum
The children of a Bury St Edmunds woman who died after a head-on car crash near the A14 have paid an emotional tribute to their 'kind, caring and bubbly' mum.
Rachael Louise Bond died on Wednesday, February 10, four days after the Mercedes she was travelling in with her husband John collided with a Ford Focus in Higham Road, Tuddenham, on February 6.
The 41-year-old mother of five was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment but died as a result of her injuries.
Rebecca, the eldest of Rachael's children, described her mum as 'always laughing and always smiling'.
"Mum was the strongest person I’ve ever known," said the 23 year old.
"Mum was so very kind, caring, bubbly, always laughing and always smiling. She wasn’t just my mum but my best friend too.
"I speak for everyone when I say mum was always there when we needed her. Mum always wanted to spend time with all five of her kids and it breaks everyone’s hearts to know that she’s left us all behind."
She added that she and her siblings - Brendon, 21, Tyereke, 20, Sara-Leigh, 18, and 15-year-old Hayden - were their 'mum's world', along with her husband John, who also sustained injuries in the crash.
Rachael also leaves behind her three sisters, Leanne, Sara-Jane and Kirsty, and three brothers, Stephen, Kristen and Adam, and her parents Clive and Charlene, who Rebecca said all 'adored mum very much'.
"In memory of you mum, we’ve made a pact that we’ll continue doing what you loved and going where you loved," said Rebecca.
"Mum you were taken away far too soon. You’re never going to get to see us kids all grow up and watch us put our roots down and start our own family.
"But you will always be in our hearts but we all wish you were here to lead the way.
"It still hasn’t sunk in for many of us that you're gone. But you’re not an angel mum, but a butterfly now. We all love you and we all miss you."
Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting CAD 192 of February 6.