Dunbar crash families pay tribute to victims

Josh Stewart, David Armstrong, and Jenna Barbour. Pictures: Comp

Josh Stewart, David Armstrong, and Jenna Barbour. Pictures: Comp

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THE grieving families of three youths who died following a horror road smash have paid emotional tributes to them. Jenna Barbour, 18, David Armstrong, 15, and Josh Stewart, 16, who are all from Dunbar, suffered fatal injuries after the car they were travelling in hit a wall.

The lone survivor, 16-year-old Robbie Gemmell, was discharged from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Wednesday night and is understood to have returned to his family home.

Robbie Gemmell is now believed to be out of danger after the fatal crash. Picture: contributed

Robbie Gemmell is now believed to be out of danger after the fatal crash. Picture: contributed

Police Scotland said that an investigation was continuing to determine the cause of the crash, which took place at around 8.20pm on Monday on a road near the village of

Tyninghame.

All three families of the victims issued statements through the police.

In their statement, Jenna’s mother, Sandra, father Drew and brother Gregor said: “We have been left completely devastated by the death of our beloved Jenna, who was a dearly loved daughter, sister and friend. Having only recently left school, Jenna had her whole life in front of her and had been saving for a trip to New Zealand, which was her dream holiday.

The scene of the fatal crash. Picture: Julie Bull

The scene of the fatal crash. Picture: Julie Bull

“Jenna had been working extremely hard to save for the trip and when she wasn’t busy working at her part-time jobs, she loved horse riding and was very accomplished at the sport. As well as regularly spending time practising, Jenna also volunteered with the Riding for the Disabled charity.

“We were all immensely proud of Jenna and everything she achieved in her life. She was always a delight to be around and the family each have very fond memories of our holidays together. To lose someone as special as Jenna has left a huge hole in our hearts.”

David’s mother, Andrea, said: “Our family is still in a state of complete shock following David’s death and we are struggling to come to terms with our loss.

“David was a kind-hearted and good-mannered boy, who was always respectful of adults and his peers and was a loving brother to his sister. He was athletic, enjoyed playing computer games and had a cheeky wink that made him such a wonderful person to know.

“We are grateful for all the kind words of support we’re receiving at this time and would like to thank our family and friends for their condolences. However, we would like to grieve privately at this time and ask that we be left in peace to do so.”

Josh’s parents, Susan and Mark, said: “Josh was a much loved son, nephew, grandson and cousin, and a loyal friend. He was a joy to anyone who knew him and the people that met Josh and his smile would never forget him.

“Josh lived for rugby and the gym. He was still looking to find that elusive six-pack. He will be sorely missed.

“It’s time for the community to pull together in this very difficult time. My heart goes out to all families involved at this time of great sadness.”

It emerged yesterday that Robbie used his mobile phone to alert the emergency services to the crash.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “An investigation to determine the circumstances of the collision is ongoing.”