Tribute to Annie

Tragic death - Annie Cochrane
Tragic death - Annie Cochrane

THE family of a Wigan teenager who died in an horrific car crash have paid tribute to her.

Annie Cochrane died on Sunday morning when the car she was travelling in smashed into a tree on School Lane, Haigh.

The 14-year-old, who was a front seat passenger in a Rover 25, suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Annie lived with her brother Adam, her nan Ada and her dad Andrew who works at Pemberton Leisure Homes.

They said: “Annie was a lovely, bubbly 14-year-old girl who enjoyed life. She enjoyed holidays with her dad and brother.

“Annie was also very close to her nan Ada, who she lived with along with her dad and brother. She enjoyed her hobbies, dancing, jetskiing and shopping with her friends. She was looking forward to going to Barcelona with school and seeing her idol Justin Bieber in concert.”

The teenager attended Rivington and Blackrod High School and was described by her headteacher as a much-loved student.

Headtecher Tony Purcell said: “Annie’s death is a tragic loss to our school community, which is being felt by all and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.

“She was a much-loved student, daughter, granddaughter, sister and niece and was very popular with her peers and staff within school. She had many friends, and was an active member of the dance group.

“She also spent time working within Rivi Studios, our TV and radio station. She was conscientious and always tried her hardest to achieve within school. Special assemblies are being held to remember Annie and trained counsellors are on hand within school to help students and staff through this difficult time.”

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and the three rear seat passengers suffered minor injuries.

An 18-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been bailed until March 12.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly after 1.50am on Sunday, February 13, 2011, police were called to School Lane following reports of a collision. Officers attended and found that a Rover 25 had collided with a tree.

“Witnesses to the collision should call traffic police on 0161 856 7201.”