The family of a Hampshire couple killed in a horror crash on Christmas Day have paid tribute to the “devoted and much loved parents”.
Ann Mary Goordrich, 57, and her 56-year-old husband Paul John Goodrich, from Fleet, were pronounced dead following the collision on the B3349 Odiham Road at Heckfield Heath, near Basingstoke.
Their family have revealed the couple were on route to spend Christmas Day with their two children, Darren and Hannah, and grandson Daniel, when the accident happened at around 10.05am.
A 29-year-old man from Farnborough, believed to be the driver of the Volkswagen Golf involved in the incident, received medical attention at the scene, before being taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Sections of the B3011 and the B3349 were closed for several hours while a police investigation took place at the scene of the tragedy.
In a brief statement released this morning, a spokesperson for the distraught family said: “Ann and Paul Goodrich were on their way to spend Christmas Day with their son Darren, daughter Hannah and her family, when the tragic, fatal accident occurred.
“A close-knit family, they were looking forward to also enjoying the day with their grandson, Daniel, aged 2.
“Ann and Paul devoted and much loved parents, will be greatly missed.
“The family thank the Emergency Services, Family Support Officer and hospital staff for their compassionate care and attention.
“We are absolutely devastated and request to be left in peace, to grieve in private, at this sad time.”
Police have now renewed their appeal for witnesses to the horror crash.
Senior investigating officer, Sergeant Andy Lynch of Hampshire Constabulary's Road Death Investigation Team, said: “We believe only one vehicle was involved in the collision, but we need to confirm the last known movements of the silver Volkswagen Golf.
“Therefore, I am appealing for anyone who saw this car being driven on the B3349 at Heckfield Heath near Wellington Country Park at around 10am on Christmas Day.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary's Road Death Investigation Team (RDIT) at Eastleigh Police Station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Dhole.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.