Tributes to pair killed in accident

Agnes Parkinson
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Tributes have been paid to two people killed in a car accident.

Stephen Rigbye, 38, and his partner and passenger Agnes Parkinson, 40, were fatally injured when a black BMW lost control on a bend near Mawdesley and struck a wall.

Mr Rigbye, who lived in Scarsbrick, was well known in Mawdesley. Agnes Parkinson lived in Dark Lane in the village.

Mr Rigbye was involved in family garage Rigbye’s, Blue Stone Lane, Mawdesley. His father, who was at the premises yesterday, did not wish to comment.

Neighbour Eleanor Marshall, 22, said: “My parents knew him since he was nine when they moved here. I’ve known him since he was born because his parents lived the other side of the garage.

“He was a lovely guy. He was always really helpful and nice. The amount of times I went round there and said, ‘can I borrow this tool to fix my car?’ It’s so sad. You never expect it to be people you know.”

A person at the Red Lion pub, in the centre of the village, who did not wish to be named, said: “They were liked in the village. They were popular.

“Everybody’s upset. It’s been a shock to everybody.”

Another resident said: “I knew Stephen very well. He would pick your car up and do an MOT.

“I would say he was a jolly person. He was very nice, kind, helpful, jolly.”

A woman who answered the door at Agnes Parkinson’s address said she was her sister, but did not wish to say anything at the time.

Agnes Parkinson worked as a tutor at Runshaw College, Leyland, from 2011.

Her page on website LinkedIn says she was from Mawdesley and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University for a BA in hotel management with tourism.

The accident happened on Bannister Lane, Hilldale, at 7.15am on Monday.