Tributes pour in for Sarah Oldham

PUBLISHED: 13:34 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Sarah Oldham, Sutton crash victim

Sarah Oldham, Sutton crash victim

HUNDREDS of tributes have poured in for Sutton teenager Sarah Oldham who tragically died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital after being involved in a car crash. More than 200 people attended a vigil for the 17-year-old last Wednesday

HUNDREDS of tributes have poured in for Sutton teenager Sarah Oldham who tragically died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital after being involved in a car crash.

More than 200 people attended a vigil for the 17-year-old last Wednesday at St Andrew’s Church in Sutton after Father Mark Amey made the decision to open the doors to Sarah’s friends so they could have some quiet time to remember her.

Sarah, who worked part-time at Costa Coffee in Ely, was on her way home from work on Monday, January 12 when the car she was travelling in hit an electricity pylon on the A142 just outside Mepal.

The 17-year-old driver of the green Citroen Saxo was able to get out of the car, but Sarah suffered serious head and internal injuries and was cut free by fire crews who attended the scene and found the car up-side-down in a ditch. Paramedics resuscitated Sarah at the scene and she and the male driver were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, but two days later, Sarah died with her family at her bedside. The driver has since been released from hospital.

Cambridgeshire police told the Ely Standard that an investigation into the cause of the crash was “ongoing”. An inquest into Sarah’s death was opened on Monday and adjourned to a later date.

Sarah’s family have yet to visit the crash site and say they did not know the driver of the car.

Sarah, who was well known in her home village of Sutton, has been described by her dad Mike as an “incredibly popular girl who made a big impact on everyone’s life. She lived every minute to the full,” he said.

Mr Oldham, himself a medical professional who works for Cambridge Community Care, and is a former radiologist at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely, thanked the emergency services for the way they treated his only daughter.

“She couldn’t have been in better hands, everyone was brilliant from start to finish,” he told the Ely Standard.

Sarah was born on New Year’s Eve, a fact which her father attributed to her love of partying. She had worked as a waitress at the Chequers pub in the village, where her family say regulars remembered her helpful, smiling manner.

The teenager was a student at Ely Sixth Form College where she was studying AS levels, and had also attended Witchford Village College.

Tributes have been paid to the former student of The Row in Sutton who sat her GCSEs at Witchford Village College before moving on to Ely Community College Sixth Form last year to take A-levels in art, human biology, leisure studies and PE. In addition to her studies she was a keen dancer.

Witchford Village College principal David Taylor said: “Sarah was a fantastic young person and a very popular member of her year. She was an able student across all subject areas and was keen to contribute to college life. She had a positive outlook and was always cheerful.”

City of Ely Community College acting principal Richard Baker added: “Sarah was a bubbly, energetic student who loved life. She had artistic flair and fluent drawing ability she had the ability to make anyone smile and impressed all those that knew her by always giving the best of herself. Sarah’s friends and family meant the world to her and her caring nature was there for all to see. The thoughts of myself, students and staff are with her family.”

Friends have left floral tributes at the crash scene, one of which read: There was not a bad thing about you and another which said: You will always look and be beautiful.

Sarah leaves her parents Mike and Sue and an older brother, Matthew who is a student at Bath University.

A date for the funeral has yet to be confirmed, but Matthew said the family would like donations sent to the Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Donations can be made online at and select "In Memory of Sarah Oldham" on the drop down menu.

The Ely Standard has created a Virtual Book of Remembrance where messages and tributes can be left for Sarah. Follow the link below.

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