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The mother of Lawrence Bruce, who died in a collision on the A420 near Faringdon last August, has released a tribute to him.
Lawrence and two other men died after the Fiesta they were travelling in was involved in a collision with two other vehicles. An inquest into their deaths concluded today (28/2).
Lawrence’s mother, Bridget Lucas, has released the following tribute:
“My cherished son, Lawrence Bruce, overflowed with love for life and for living it. He rarely missed an opportunity for fun and he was a loving and much-loved son, brother, nephew, grandson and uncle. He had his sights set on a bright future, he had ambition and was studying at university and working hard towards his goals. He was dearly loved by all family and so many friends for his individual personality, humour and happy demeanour.
“Since an early age, music has been a very important and significant part of Lawrence’s life. I am not sure that Lawrence knew Calum, Joseph or Matthew very well as they were slightly younger. But through Lawrence’s friendship with Rhys, and his ability to become friends with almost anyone, plus a common interest in music, I imagine they were well acquainted from music and dance events, prior to those that took place on 20th August 2022. There is no doubt in my mind that this was one of the best weekends of Lawrence’s summer break.
“Nothing can change what happened that day and I don’t think anyone can be completely sure of the exact cause of the accident. I feel shared sadness, empathy, love and support for both the other families who also lost a much-loved young man that day.
“The tragic event has had an enormous impact on Lawrence’s extensive group of friends and I’m sure the friendship groups of Calum and Joseph too. The community of Chippenham lost three wonderful young men, far too soon, but I am so proud of these young people for how they came together to grieve, to pay tribute and support each other. The actions of those young people and outpouring of love, continued contact with me and ongoing friendship continue to be a great source of comfort to me too. I am so grateful for how they continue to handle their grief, and for the sharing so many photos, videos and stories of Lawrence with me. Thank you. Lawrence would be proud of you too.
“I would also like to express my thanks to the emergency services who attended the accident that day as well as others who helped until emergency services arrived. I’m sure all involved or who witnessed the accident have been deeply impacted by the traumatic events and my heart goes out to all. I would also like to thank the Thames Valley Police FLO and SIO for their gentle and kind support which helped me at such a difficult time.
“I hope that after the inquest the friends and families of all involved can continue to move forward in living their best lives, which I know Lawrence would want.”
UPDATE: The quote included a reference to Matthew in the fourth paragraph. This has been amended to Joseph.