Leyland teacher killed in horror crash

Agnes Parkinson
Agnes Parkinson

Runshaw College has paid tribute to a ‘well-respected’ and ‘kind-hearted’ tutor who was killed in a car crash this week.

Mum-of-three Agnes Parkinson, 40, and her partner Stephen Rigbye, 38, were both fatally injured when their car careered out of control on Bannister Lane, between Bispham Green and Parbold, and crashed into a wall on Monday.

“Students say it was a privilege to be taught by Agnes who was not only an excellent teacher, but a very kind-hearted person”

Runshaw College

Paying tribute to Agnes, who had worked at Leyland’s Runshaw College since 2011, a spokesman said: “Agnes Parkinson, a part-time teacher in the School of Tourism and Hospitality, was a wonderfully warm and caring person who met every challenge with a huge smile.

“Her energy and positivity was infectious and she was a well-respected, dedicated teacher who made a huge impact of the lives of the young people she taught.

“Tributes from students say it was a privilege to be taught by Agnes who was not only an excellent teacher, but a very kind-hearted person.

“As a very supportive colleague working in a close knit team, she will be greatly missed by her colleagues and her students.

“She was also a wonderful mother to her three children and all our thoughts and prayers are with them, her family and friends at this very sad time.”

A passer-by found the car on its roof at around 7.15am, but it emerged from locals that the crash may have happened as early as 1am.

The accident happened on a winding section of unlit and isolated country lane.

The vehicle hit the stone gateway to a new residential development that is being built on Bannister Lane.

Agnes lived in Dark Lane, Mawdesley and Stephen was from Scarsbrick, and ran family garage Rigbye’s in Blue Stone Lane, Mawdesley.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.