Heartbreaking tributes to mum-of-two, 26, killed in horror crash

HEARTBROKEN friends and family have today paid tribute to a mum-of-two who died in a three-car horror smash.

Gracie Estep, 26, from Watford, who was a passenger in her friend's car, was killed instantly when they collided with two other vehicles.

Emergency services rushed to St Albans Road in Hemel Hempstead just before 5pm yesterday.

She was a passenger in a white Fiat 500 that was in collision with a silver BMW and a white Toyota car.

Gracie's devastated boyfriend and father of her two children today said he was "unbelievably heartbroken" by her tragic death.

The couple's pal, who was driving the Fiat 500, was seriously injured in the smash and remains in hospital.

Two other drivers were also hurt.

Hundreds of friends and family members have today paid tribute to Gracie, while others left flowers and sympathy cards at the crash scene.

One friend wrote: "I can’t believe the news…I’m absolutely devastated.

"Honestly one of the sweetest, bubbliest people I’ve ever known with such a great character!'


"So beautiful and too young! Gracie Estep you are known and loved by so many and words can describe how much you will be missed!

"My heart goes out to your family and your beautiful children.

"Rest in sweet paradise you beautiful angel! Love you always babe."

Another said: "Think I speak for the whole of Watford this morning.. absolutely devastated to hear Gracie Estep has passed away."

"My heart goes out to your mum and dad & your two beautiful children! Shine bright! RIP beautiful girl!"

Today paint was sprayed on the pavement at the roadside that read: “RIP Gracie. We love you so much.”

Gracie's heartbroken mum, from Watford, who had just celebrated her 34th wedding anniversary, posted pictures of "our baby girl" and broken heart emojis.

Tributes also filled her Facebook page, with one friend writing: "When I think of Gracie I think of young, beautiful, vibrant, hilarious, bubbly, balsy, kind, stunning, loyal, loving fabulous daughter/mummy.

"Heaven really has gained an angel.  My heart breaks for you both and your family xxx"

Sergeant Tom Daly, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the family of the young woman who sadly lost her life, and we are conducting extensive enquiries to determine the circumstances of the collision.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken with police.

"Equally, if you have a working dash cam fitted to your vehicle and you were travelling along St Albans Road at the time of the incident, we would like to hear from you.

A spokesperson for East Ambulance Service said: "We sent four ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance officer and two Essex and Herts Air Ambulance helicopters.

"Crews treated three patients at the scene and transported two to hospital for further assessment and care.

"Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, a third patient died at the scene."

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