Jessica Baker and Stephen Shrimpton Wiki – Biography
Jessica Baker, 15, and driver Stephen Shrimpton, 40, died when the vehicle crashed into a reservation on the M53 in Wirral on Friday. The student’s family said she was an avid climber and that “her untimely death has left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled.” They also described her as a “devoted sister and loyal friend.” Simeon Clarke, her headteacher at West Kirby Grammar, described Jessica as “simple, polite and conscientious”. He said she was a “keen sportswoman” who had represented Wales in climbing competitions. “Unequivocally kind and empathetic, Jessica was a dedicated friend and a much-loved and respected member of our school community,” he added. Her family said she also helped train younger climbers and would be “missed by many not only at the school but also in the climbing community across the country.” The coach was carrying more than 50 students from Cheshire, who attend West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar School, when the collision occurred at around 08:00 BST near Junction 5 in Hooton.
Jessica Baker, 15, and Stephen Shrimpton, 40, years old.
Four passengers were taken to hospital for treatment, while 13 others suffered minor injuries. At a fundraiser for Shrimpton’s funeral, her family said the father of two had suffered a medical problem while he was driving. Police said post-mortem examinations will be carried out to establish the cause of both deaths. The coach was in a convoy of buses carrying other students and saw the incident. Labor MP Margaret Greenwood, whose Wirral West constituency includes both schools, told BBC Breakfast: “This will be deeply traumatic for those children.” “Schools are working incredibly hard to support them. It’s going to be a very, very difficult time for everyone for quite some time.” Greenwood added that there was “a lot of panic” among parents after the accident as they tried to find out about the condition of their children. “I know people will do a lot to support their children this weekend and in the coming days and weeks to deal with what is a truly devastating incident.”
The MP, who had met with students from both schools on previous occasions, described them as “close-knit school communities” and said that local churches had prayed for those involved. Clarke said the school would work with Jessica’s family and friends to “celebrate her life” and that he was “extremely proud of the way the students and school community responded to the events of Friday.” Barbara Flynn-Southern, who worked with Shrimpton at a foodbank in Ellesmere Port, said: “He was lovely and will be greatly missed by many people. “No matter what we asked him, whether it was morning, noon or night, he would do it. Even if he had been on duty all day and then we got a call to say we have extra food here, right? “If there’s anyone who can come pick you up, he’s the first port of call.” In a tribute on Saturday, Shrimpton’s family described him as a “loving and thoughtful man who always prioritized others over himself.”