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Friends from schooldays die in triple tragedy car smash

PUBLISHED: 20:46 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

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THREE friends in their early 20s were killed as their Mini ploughed into a tree on the A12 in East London. Family and those who knew them have been leaving flowers at the roadside where the car hit the kerb and careered along the grass verge

Julia Gregory

THIS is the sad scene where three friends in their early 20s were killed as their Mini ploughed into a tree on the A12 in East London.

Family and those who knew them have been leaving flowers at the roadside where the car hit the kerb and careered along the grass verge.

Ashlie Plummer was just 20, her friend Natalie Mifsud had turned 21 in November and Terry Pluck was 23.

The friends (pictured, inset) were in the back seat of the silver Mini Cooper when it spun off the road at 2.45pm on Sunday while they were on their way to help decorate their friends’ flat.

They were travelling with Sam Hall and Jack Beacon when it hit a tree side on. Sam and Jack were in the front and survived the crash, but were both taken to hospital.

The two girls grew up together from primary school at Wapping in London’s East End.

Ashlie later moved to Poplar while Natalie, who became a nursery worker, moved to Bow, but kept in touch with each other. Terry, who became a plumber, also lived in Bow.

Terry had gone to help Jack and Sam decorate their new flat in Romford and was due home for Sunday lunch.

“It was a terrible accident and we are all heartbroken,” his mother Carol told the East London Advertiser.

“Terry would always help anyone. He lived a full life, even if he was only 23 when he died.”

Tributes to the three friends who died have been pouring into the Facebook social message website.

A post mortem at King George’s Hospital in Seven Kings today found Ashlie Plummer, Natalie Mifsud and Terry Pluck died of multiple injuries.

The 20-year-old driver was later arrested after being discharged from hospital and has been bailed to return to police in April.

Pol Sgt Mark Robson said: “This tragic incident has ended with three young people losing their lives.

"We urge anyone who may have seen the car along the A12 to help us piece together the events that lead up to these deaths.”

Police want drivers or anyone in Eastern Avenue who may have seen the silver Mini Cooper going east between the Barley Lane and Whalebone Lane traffic lights at 2.45pm on Sunday to contact them on 020-8597 4874.


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