A14 death crash: School offers support to classmates of victim Alysha Bell

Montsaye Academy
Montsaye Academy

Classmates of a 16-year-old girl who died in a car crash on the A14 near Kettering are being offered counselling support.

Montsaye Academy student Alysha Bell, of Carter Avenue, Broughton, was a passenger in a white Renault Trafic van involved in a single vehicle collision on the A14 near Kettering on Friday at about 9pm.

She was taken to University Hospital Coventry, where she died on Monday evening.

A spokesman for Montsaye Academy said: “Our school has been shocked and saddened by the news that Alysha Bell, a year 11 student, died in hospital following a road traffic accident.

“At this difficult time our thoughts and sympathy are with Alysha’s family and friends.

“Support services are available for those students and staff who need help in coming to terms with this sad news. We will be asking her friends and family about a way of remembering Alysha at the academy.”

The driver of the van, a 17-year-old boy from Market Harborough, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and dangerous driving and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

A 20-year-old man from Market Harborough and a 15-year-old girl from Rothwell also suffered injuries in the crash and were taken to Kettering General Hospital.

In an appeal for witnesses on Monday, a police spokesman said: “A white Renault Trafic van – driven by a 17-year-old boy from Market Harborough – left a disused road to the nearside of the eastbound carriageway of the A14.

“The van came through the hedgerow and came to rest in an upright position by the central reservation.”

Anyone with information, or who witnessed the incident, is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

**The original version of this story stated Alysha Bell lived in Harrington Road, Loddington. This was based on mistaken information provided to us by Northamptonshire Police.