Girlfriend of youth killed in horror crash: ‘My heart is broken in a thousand pieces’


THE girlfriend of one of the teenage victims of the East Lothian car crash has said her “heart is broken in a thousand pieces”.

Devastated Kim Mclaughlin made the moving tribute to Josh Stewart, 16, one of three youngsters who died when their car smashed into a wall on Monday night.

kim and josh
Josh and Kim

Police are still investigating the accident, on an unclassified road near the tiny village of Tyninghame, which also claimed the lives of Jenna Barbour, 18, and David Armstrong, 15.

The only survivor of the accident, Robbie Gemmell, 16, is said to be sitting up in bed in hospital after initially being admitted to the intensive care ward.

Kim, 20, from Dunbar, East Lothian, where all the victims are thought to have lived, posted a series of moving Twitter tributes to Josh.

She wrote: “My heart is broken into a thousand pieces. I will always love you forever.”

Kim, a nursing assistant, added: “ I love you more than anything. Maybe if I fall asleep I’ll wake up and this will all have been a nightmare.

“I would give my life to have him back. So I’m going to try and sleep so at least come cuddle me. You know how much I hate being cold. Goodnight Josh I love you.

“Being awake hurts too much.”

David’s sister, Gemma Armstrong, posted a picture of them together when they were children.

Gemma wrote on her Facebook page: “I miss you so much big bro and hope you are happy and I will always love you and you will always be in my mind xxx”

It has emerged that the crash could have claimed a fourth young life.

Nathan McMaster, 19, said he was invited for a drive by the group on Monday.

Nathan said: “They called me on the night of the crash and told me they were going for a drive and that’s the last time I heard from them.

“The next morning I found out they were dead.”

On Tuesday night hundreds of mourners turned up to a vigil in memory of the three teenagers at the Hallhill Healthy Living Centre.

Dozens of flower bouquets have been left at the side of the road near Tyninghame. A Dunbar RFC top has also been left in memory of the boys, who played for the local team.

All four victims of the accident were pupils at Dunbar Grammar School or had studied there. Students described the school as being in a state of shock.

The accident happened at around 8.30pm when the Peugeot 206 came off the road, which one local described as straight but may have been icy.

It has emerged that Robbie Gemmell made the 999 call to alert police.

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