A HEADTEACHER has paid tribute to a teenager who was seriously injured in a road traffic collision which claimed the life of her sister.
Sophie Hennessey, now aged 18, was left in a coma for six weeks after the horrific crash in 2008, in which her sister Megan died, aged 11.
But next week Sophie is due to receive her A-level results, with hopes high that she will be heading to university.
Trinity Academy principal Ian Brew paid tribute to Sophie after a dinner for pupils who have just left his school, in Thorne, which the sisters had both attended.
The girls had been on their way home from school when the collision happened. Sophie suffered a fractured skull, serious cuts to the head, a lacerated kidney and bone injuries but was described as making a good recovery.
Mr Brew said: “It was a tragic event which affected everyone in the school.
“Sophie was in intensive care for a number of months.
“Students here surrounded her with concern and love and she came back and did well in her studies. She was amazing and it was great to see her at the Year 13 leavers’ meal.”
Mr Brew also read out a heartfelt letter from the girls’ father Andrew in memory of Megan, who lived in Owston Ferry.
The girls’ cousin Nathan Hennesey, then aged 18, and living in Moorends, was later convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and jailed for four years over the incident at the junction of Alexandra Street and King Edward Road, Thorne.
The school created an award in memory of Megan, which is handed out every year to an outstanding pupil in the subject of art.
This year it was awarded to pupil Daniel Badrick.
n Sixth former Edoardo Gerosa was named as Outstanding Student of the Year at Trinity Academy. The 19-year-old has secured a place at the prestigious Queen Mary’s University in London to study European law.