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Tributes paid to nurse who died in traffic accident

Victoria Kavanagh excelled in her role with the school health service, say colleagues
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Victoria Kavanagh, who qualified 18 months ago, excelled in her role with the school health service, say colleagues

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to a childrens nurse who was killed in a traffic accident on her way to work.

Victoria Kavanagh, who qualified as a childrens nurse 18 months ago, died in the collision between a car and two lorries on the M6 in the West Midlands on 27 July.

She got her dream job, safeguarding children

Ms Kavanagh sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, her family described her as a loving mother and daughter, and a friend to everyone she met.

She graduated 18 months ago in childrens nursing and got her dream job shortly after, working with safeguarding children, her family said. She had just been accepted

Victoria Kavanagh, who qualified 18 months ago, excelled in her role with the school health service, say colleagues

Picture of Victoria Kavanagh
Victoria Kavanagh

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to a children’s nurse who was killed in a traffic accident on her way to work.

Victoria Kavanagh, who qualified as a children’s nurse 18 months ago, died in the collision between a car and two lorries on the M6 in the West Midlands on 27 July.

‘She got her dream job, safeguarding children’

Ms Kavanagh sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

In a statement, her family described her as a loving mother and daughter, and ‘a friend to everyone she met’.  

‘She graduated 18 months ago in children’s nursing and got her dream job shortly after, working with safeguarding children,’ her family said. ‘She had just been accepted to study for her master’s degree in public health and had so much to look forward to.

‘She will leave behind a massive hole in our lives and will be forever missed.’

A fundraising page set up in her memory has raised more than £2,500 towards funeral costs.

Praise from supervisors and other colleagues

A tribute posted on the School and Public Health Nurses Association website read: ‘We are so very sad to hear of the tragic death of our school nursing colleague Viki Kavanagh.

‘According to her professional lead, Sallyann Sutton, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, she excelled at her role as a staff nurse within the school health service.’

It said her supervisors and other colleagues had nothing but praise for her contribution to the health and well-being of children and young people, ‘lighting up the room with her smile’.

The drivers of both lorries stopped at the scene of the crash and assisted police in the investigation into what happened, according to West Midlands Police.


Find out more

Victoria Kavanagh fundraising page


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