Oakham School leads tributes to “wonderful” pupils

Flowers in Empingham Lane, Tickencote, where Oakham School pupils Anna Haefeli, 18, and Anastasia Besedovskaya, 17, were killed in a road accident. EMN-140912-153917001
Flowers in Empingham Lane, Tickencote, where Oakham School pupils Anna Haefeli, 18, and Anastasia Besedovskaya, 17, were killed in a road accident. EMN-140912-153917001
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A school headteacher has led the tributes to two sixth formers who were tragically killed when the car they were in collided with a bus.

Nigel Lashbrook said Oakham School was “extremely upset” by the loss of Year 13 pupils Anna Haefeli , 18, and Anastasia Besedovska, 17.

The teenagers died when the car they were travelling in collided with a bus in Empingham Lane, Tickencote, at about 1.25pm on Friday.

On Monday Mr Lashbrook said: “It is with great sadness that we can now confirm that two of our pupils were killed on Friday in a serious road traffic incident.

“Understandably, the school community is extremely upset by the tragic loss of two such wonderful young adults, Anna Haefeli and Anastasia Besedovska, both Year 13 pupils. The thoughts and prayers of all of us are with Anna and Anastasia’s families and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“Both girls were well loved within our school community. Anna had a great sense of humour and lit up the lives of those around her. Anastasia radiated warmth and serenity on virtually every day of her school life.

“This is a terrible loss to the Oakham School community, particularly those students and staff who knew the girls well. We will of course do all we can to support our pupils and staff through this difficult time.”

Anna was the daughter of a retired business executive, while Anastasia, who came from the Ukraine, was an aspiring model signed to a London agency.

People laid flowers at the scene of the crash and at the junction between Empingham Lane and Grantham Lane this week. Some left messages to the two girls.

One said: “Anna and Anastasia, sleep tight you gorgeous girls. You’ll never be forgotten.”

Another read: “To the families of the two girls who sadly died here on Friday, December 5, our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.”

People also paid tribute on Facebook. Lianne Rose wrote: “Love you Anna sleep tight angel xxx.”

Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident, which involved a blue Peugeot 206 and a single decker bus. The two occupants of the car, Anna and Anastasia, received fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and eight passengers in the bus received superficial injuries.

Two volunteers with the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme, Dr Leon Roberts and Dr Tim Gray, also attended the scene. Dr Roberts said: “We arrived to a terrible road traffic accident with two casualties trapped in a car. We worked with fire and rescue to release them as quickly as possible.

“Despite everyone’s best efforts, both were declared dead at the scene.”

Witnesses should call 101.