Community mourns tragic death of Caitlin

Caitlin Thaxter
Caitlin Thaxter

A Halifax girl was killed in a horror road smash in Scotland on her 16th birthday.

The death of Caitlin Thaxter has stunned her schoolfriends and staff at Brighouse High School and those who knew the family of Skircoat Green.

She was a passenger in a Toyota RAV4 last Saturday which was travelling on a notorious accident blackspot.

The vehicle left the road on a left hand bend of the A83 and hit a tree.

Caitlin died at the scene, a few miles east of Inveraray, near Dunderave Castle.

The 45-year-old female driver and a teenage girl in the back seat suffered minor injuries on route to a family holiday.

The accident rate in the area is nearly 70 per cent higher than the rest of the country’s trunk road system and has a higher proportion of serious crashes according to a study for Transport Scotland.

Campaigners have called for safety improvements and work to widen “pinch points” and address landslips is due to be completed by 2015.

Brighouse High School re-opened this week during the half-term holiday to enable students to pay their respects.

Flowers have been left by her locker and messages left in a special memorial room.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said it was incredibly sad news and only the previous day Caitlin had shared birthday cake with her friends and staff.

“Caitlin was popular with pupils and staff and she made a fantastic contribution to Brighouse High,” she said.

“She had many friends and was a role model for all who knew her.

“Despite the fact it is half-term members of Caitlin’s form and year group have been visiting school to pay tribute and share their grief.”

The school will be organising a special memorial assembly and other events to celebrate Caitlin’s life.

Many have also paid her tribute on social media and a facebook page has already passed 3,500 “likes.”

Funeral details have yet to be finalised.