TRIBUTES have been paid to a bride-to-be who was killed as she cycled the 17 miles to her workplace.
Elizabeth Brown was an avid cyclist whose love of bikes took her all over the world, but she was killed on her commute to work when she was involved in an early morning collision with a van on the A189 Spine Road, near Cramlington, on Wednesday.
Miss Brown had been due to celebrate her birthday four days later and was looking forward to her wedding to fiance Andrew Ternent.
Police arrested a man at the scene, who was questioned on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
Last night as traffic officers continued to piece together what happened, Miss Brown’s heartbroken family have joined them in appealing for witnesses, and paid an emotional tribute to the much-loved daughter, sister and fiance. In a moving statement her family told how badly she will be missed.
“Elizabeth was tragically killed four days before her 44th birthday at 7.15 on a bright April morning, cycling the 17miles to work at the Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington,” they said.
“Liz will be sorely missed by her friends, colleagues and her close-knit Tyneside family including her parents Ann and Hugh, her brother and sister and their families, and the family’s newest member Andrew Ternent to whom she was soon to have been married.”
Miss Brown, who was known to her loved ones as Liz, had worked at the Wansbeck’s Physiotherapy Unit for many years, and would regularly cycle from her home, in Jesmond, Newcastle, to work.
Her family last night told how her work and love of cycling had taken her all over the world.
“Educated at Newcastle Church High School and Manchester University, she had worked in Hull and in Australia while on her worldwide travels,” they continued.
“For many years she had been a member of the Physiotherapy Unit at the Wansbeck Hospital.
“Amongst the many activities she enjoyed she was a keen long-distance cyclist having cycled in the Pyrenees, Caribbean and Western Isles.
“She enjoyed water sports like canoeing, diving and sailing and winter sports and she had just returned from a trip to the Dolomites. She was also an avid reader, badminton player and talented needlewoman.”
Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward and help them establish how Elizabeth died.
In particular, officers want to speak to the driver and passengers of a silver or grey van which may have been at the scene at the time of the collision.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have seen the incident around 7.15am on the northbound lane between the Shankhouse turnoff and the Three Horse Shoes roundabout, to come forward with any information they have.
“Police are also keen to speak to the occupants of a silver or grey van which may have been at the scene at the time of the collision.
“Officers want to stress these people are potential witnesses and could have important information into the collision.”
The 22-year-old man who was arrested has been released on bail.
Anyone with any information should call Northumbria Police on 0345 604 3043 ext 69191 and ask for PC Dryden at Motor Patrols North.
Liz will be missed by her friends, colleagues and her close-knit family and Andrew Ternent to whom she was to have been married