THE mum of a teen killed on his first lads’ holiday sent a Facebook post before the trip saying: “Stay safe and come home in one piece.”
Luke Hall, 18, was in the back of a rented 4×4 when it crashed into a parked motorbike.
The hire car clipped a concrete kerb after trying to swerve out of the way and then the vehicle flipped over before coming to a rest in a nearby field.
Luke, an apprentice joiner who was in the back of the 4×4, is believed to have died at the scene along with driver Zara Crane Davis, 41, of Manchester.
The head of EKAV’s ambulance service in Crete said a male and a female passenger died instantly while a third woman was transferred to PAGNI hospital’s intensive care unit.
Three of the four passengers are thought to not have been wearing a seat belt according to local reports.
An 18-year-old Brit who was sitting in the passenger seat and and is believed to have been wearing a belt survived the accident with no serious injuries, and emerged from the wreckage to flag down help, sources said.
A 39-year-old British woman, Louise Waddington, who was in the rear of the car with Luke, was taken to University Hospital in Heraklion and is in intensive care fighting for her life.
The island’s police spokesperson Eleni Papathanasiou told The Sun Online today that post-mortems are expected to be carried out, and while an inquiry was still underway it was “premature” to attribute the tragedy to any cause.
Luke’s mum, Anne, who turned 46 yesterday, has since flown out to Greece with his gran to bring his body home.
In a haunting Facebook message to him before he flew out on June 28, she said: “Have an amazing time in Malia Luke.
“Please stay safe and come home in one piece xxx.”
Last night, Luke’s heartbroken dad, Tom, 47, told how his son was enjoying the second week of his first holiday without his parents or twin brother, Jacob.
He had travelled to Crete with three other friends.
They were not in the car when it crashed and were flying home on Tuesday.
Paying tribute to Luke from the family home in Dewsbury, West Yorks., Mr Hall described his son as “a fantastic lad – the best ever”.
Fighting back tears he added: “Luke was a joiner and was shortly to qualify.
“The three other lads he was out in Crete with are flying home.
“It was their first lads’ holiday and it was the first time Luke had been away without his mum and dad.
“His twin Jacob is lost, he’s broken, he’s sobbing constantly.”
PLAYED FOR DEWSBURY RANGERS FC
Mr Hall said he knew very little about what had happened.
He said Luke, who does not have a driving licence, was a passenger in the hire jeep with two girls and another male, who he does not know.
Mr Hall added: “Luke was an amazing lad, a lovely lad. He’s never done anything wrong, never touched drugs. He was polite and loved life.
“He was really fit, really well liked and had lots of friends.”
Luke played for Dewsbury Rangers FC as a defender.
The super-fit teen also competed in the gruelling Tough Mudder endurance race just a few days before he flew abroad.
Luke’s cousin Jesse Hall wrote on Facebook: “RIP to one of the most caring and supportive cousins.”
Tom, of Dewsbury, West Yorks, called Luke “a fantastic lad — the best ever”.
Fighting back tears, Tom added: “His twin Jacob is lost, he’s broken, he’s sobbing constantly.”
Luke’s cousin Jesse Hall wrote on Facebook: “Absolutely heartbreaking.”
TRIBUTES FOR ZARA
Tributes have also been paid to Zara Crane Davies, who founded Social Investor, a consultancy that supports socially excluded people into employment.
According to its website, Zara had “20 years’ experience in sales and 14 years in the criminal justice system”, and was a “straight-talking connector and champion of diversity and inclusion”.
She was the Northern Power Award mentor of the year in 2018.
Northern Power Women – a campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the north of England – paid tribute to Zara on the campaign’s Facebook page.
It said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Zara Crane Davies and all involved in this tragic accident.
“Zara was a vibrant, pioneering supporter of the Northern Power Women family and she will be greatly missed.”
Kayla Torkington said on Facebook that Zara was a “brilliant woman gone too soon”.
She added: I just wanted to pay tribute to the wonderful and unforgettable Zara Crane Davies who we came to know at the Northern Power Women Awards last year, and who attended our Mentor-a-thon last year to access cash and support for her venture Social Investor as well as provided great advice and support to others.
“We are shocked and heartbroken to hear that she has passed away while on holiday overseas.”
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Crete’s traffic police department is heading the investigation into the fatal crash.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the families of three British people involved in a car accident in Crete, and are in contact with local authorities.”
Anne’s haunting message to her son ahead of his holiday trip with friends[/caption]
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