Couple killed after scooter hits deer

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010

Anna and Keith Courtney-Forsyth

Anna and Keith Courtney-Forsyth

A MUCH-loved woman, who had lived in Arkesden for more than 20 years, has died in a scooter accident. Shortly after celebrating their first wedding anniversary Anna Courtney-Forsyth, 31, and her husband Keith, 41, were both killed when their Piaggio scoot

A MUCH-loved woman, who had lived in Arkesden for more than 20 years, has died in a scooter accident.

Shortly after celebrating their first wedding anniversary Anna Courtney-Forsyth, 31, and her husband Keith, 41, were both killed when their Piaggio scooter struck a deer in Cornwall last Tuesday.

Anna's father Colin Forsyth said: "We are devastated by the loss; she was such a wonderful young woman.

"She always made a really good impression on people. She was trusted and would do anything for anybody."

Anna grew up in Arkesden and attended Clavering Primary School and Saffron Walden County High School. She left the village in 2002 and moved to London and later, to Cornwall.

Her husband Keith Courtney-Forsyth, who was riding the scooter on an unclassified road between Launceston and Bodmin at about 6.30pm, died at the scene.

Anna, a pillion passenger, was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and died at 3am in surgery the next morning.

Staff at the Axe and Compasses pub in Arkesden, where Anna had worked between 1997 and 2002, were shocked by the news. Assistant manager David Christou described her as a "wonderful and good-natured girl".

"I couldn't believe it when I found out about her death," he said. "I knew her very well. She was well-liked in the pub and the village - I'm sure many people will be saddened by the news."

Mr Forsyth, who now lives on the Isle of Man, said the police had come to their house on Tuesday night to tell them about the accident and that the carcass of a red deer had been found at the scene.

"It was a cruel irony that she was probably killed because they hit a deer; she always loved animals and kept several rescue dogs" he said.

The last time Mr Forsyth saw his daughter and her husband was when the couple came to visit them on their first wedding anniversary, just a few weeks earlier.

After leaving Arkesden, Anna pursued a successful marketing career in London and became a senior account handler.

She married her husband, a former international creative director of Publicis, one of the UK's top five advertising agencies, at a ceremony in Belfast on February 1, 2007.

The couple had moved to Launceston in Cornwall to take a career break and to work on restoring an old chapel.

Anna's funeral is being held at Glynn Valley Crematorium, Bodmin, at 12.30pm on Friday April 4.

If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Anna they can send a cheque made payable to the Wingletang Animal Sanctuary to Maddaford Funeral Services, 48 St Thomas Road Launceston PL15 8DB.

l DO YOU have memories of Anna? Did you go to school with her or maybe your worked alongside her?

Send in your tributes to us at editor@saffronwalden-reporter.co.uk

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