Fatal bus crash victim was 'brilliant' mum-of-two Jessica Vallins who 'loved life more than anybody'

Jessica Vallins with husband John

Jessica Vallins with husband John

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A mother-of-two who "loved life the most out of everybody" died after her car crashed head-on with a bus just metres from her home.

Jessica Vallins, 39, of Homestead Way, New Addington, collided as she drove along her road just after midnight, Sunday morning.

She was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later despite paramedics fighting to save her.

Several passengers were on board the single-decker 130 bus when it collided with Mrs Vallins's Hyundai, but they and the driver were unhurt.

On Monday, Mrs Vallins's husband John wrote on Facebook: "Please, everyone wear a seat belt, life is precious". 

Friends described Peruvian-born Mrs Vallins as a "brilliant mum" who doted on the couple's young son and daughter.

Danni Wallace, 35, said: "Our daughters went to nursery school together. She loved her kids very much, they were like her world. She was definitely a brilliant mum.

"Every time I saw her she was with her kids, every time we spoke it was about her kids. I just wonder what they are going through at the moment."

She added: "She absolutely loved life. She was always the centre of the party, laughing. She had the most infectious laugh. Always bubbly, always happy, always smiling no matter what.

"There's nothing bad to say about her. She was really lovely. She was the one who loved life the most out of everybody I've ever met. So many people loved her."

Croydon Guardian:

Flowers, ballons and tributes have been left at the site of the crash

Tommy Stevens, a family friend who worked with Mr Vallins, a welder, said: "She was a lovely family girl who lived for her kids. It is a terrible thing to happen, such a shame.

"They were a lovely family, just trying to get on in life. They were both grafters. They'd not long bought their house, about seven years ago."

At the family's home this afternoon, Mr Vallins's sister said he was too distraught to speak.

Well-wishers have left flowers, cards and balloons at the scene of the crash.

Among them are tributes from children at Oakland Primary School in Biggin Hill, where Mrs Vallins helped out.

A post-mortem examination was due to be held today but the Metropolitan Police, which is investigating the collision, could not yet give a cause of death.

Croydon Guardian:

Children at the nursery where Mrs Vallins's helped are among those to have left tributes

Witnesses decribed hearing a loud bang at about 12.10am and seeing a crowd of bus passengers by the side of the road.

One man, who did not wish not to be named, said: "I didn't see anything, just heard a bang, looked out of the window and saw the crash. I called the emergency services and went outside.

"She seemed OK at that time, but trapped in the car, and a lady was reaching in and comforting her.

"The services arrived and got her out of the car. They erected a blue screen and over the next hour they performed CPR three times."

Anyone with information can call the Metropolitan Police on 020 8285 1574.

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12:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

wwwppp says...

The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings
bill addington
The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings bill addington wwwppp
  • Score: -2

1:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

G_Whiz says...

wwwppp wrote:
The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings
bill addington
Afraid i saw that picture too. Not sure why you got some thumbs down and I'm hoping this paper has apologised to the family as publishing that pic was badly thought through.
[quote][p][bold]wwwppp[/bold] wrote: The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings bill addington[/p][/quote]Afraid i saw that picture too. Not sure why you got some thumbs down and I'm hoping this paper has apologised to the family as publishing that pic was badly thought through. G_Whiz
  • Score: 5

2:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Noddyblanket says...

wwwppp wrote:
The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings
bill addington
Not sure who put a thumbs down to you there Bill. I was horrified when I saw that photo. It's disgusting. I commented my thoughts on it and the photo was changed within 20 minutes to a picture of a fire engine. Too little too late in my opinion, it should not have happened. Why people take photos at a time of a tragedy is beyond me. The phones are out snapping away before people are helping half the time. Unless I was asked to take a photo for insurance purposes the only thing I'd be doing on my phone is calling the emergency services. People need to get some respect back!

My sincere condolences and thoughts go out to all family and friends of this lady x
[quote][p][bold]wwwppp[/bold] wrote: The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings bill addington[/p][/quote]Not sure who put a thumbs down to you there Bill. I was horrified when I saw that photo. It's disgusting. I commented my thoughts on it and the photo was changed within 20 minutes to a picture of a fire engine. Too little too late in my opinion, it should not have happened. Why people take photos at a time of a tragedy is beyond me. The phones are out snapping away before people are helping half the time. Unless I was asked to take a photo for insurance purposes the only thing I'd be doing on my phone is calling the emergency services. People need to get some respect back! My sincere condolences and thoughts go out to all family and friends of this lady x Noddyblanket
  • Score: 12

4:49pm Thu 7 Aug 14

buddy101 says...

wwwppp wrote:
The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings
bill addington
Whilst I totally agree with what you are saying, I think your post makes you every bit as bad as the Croydon Guardian. I read the news on Sunday morning, and it was apparent by a couple of comments that there had initially been a photograph of the actual scene. However, it had obviously been replaced swiftly with a photo of a fire engine. So I think it is completely unecessary for you to raise the issue after a few days after which it had already been dealt with. All you have done is replaced that distasteful picture with a written description of how this poor lady suffered to those that hadn't seen the original picture. Not very respectful in my view and not what many people want to read.
[quote][p][bold]wwwppp[/bold] wrote: The photo that was put on the internet of the bus & car crash it was of the poor lady with her head in the air bag the driver in deep shock .This was in very bad taste by your news room put the photo on the internet and should be ashamed of them self there was no need to show it next time tried and think of peoples feelings bill addington[/p][/quote]Whilst I totally agree with what you are saying, I think your post makes you every bit as bad as the Croydon Guardian. I read the news on Sunday morning, and it was apparent by a couple of comments that there had initially been a photograph of the actual scene. However, it had obviously been replaced swiftly with a photo of a fire engine. So I think it is completely unecessary for you to raise the issue after a few days after which it had already been dealt with. All you have done is replaced that distasteful picture with a written description of how this poor lady suffered to those that hadn't seen the original picture. Not very respectful in my view and not what many people want to read. buddy101
  • Score: 10

4:53am Fri 8 Aug 14

Duilio de la Peña says...

Primero, mi prima fue es y sera una super persona, buena hija , buena hermana , buena esposa y madre.
Lamentablemente este accidente fue terrible, la pena que dejo en el Perú es muy grande, tanto la familia directa como a todos sus amigos, por ser la menor 6 hermanos el conchito.
Muchos amigos, muchos y todos coinciden en que fue un espiritu muy especial la extrañaremos mucho, y Dios la tenga a su lado tranquila JESSICA DE LA PEÑA PAZ EN TU NUEVO CAMINO TE QUEREMOS SIEMPRE.
Primero, mi prima fue es y sera una super persona, buena hija , buena hermana , buena esposa y madre. Lamentablemente este accidente fue terrible, la pena que dejo en el Perú es muy grande, tanto la familia directa como a todos sus amigos, por ser la menor 6 hermanos el conchito. Muchos amigos, muchos y todos coinciden en que fue un espiritu muy especial la extrañaremos mucho, y Dios la tenga a su lado tranquila JESSICA DE LA PEÑA PAZ EN TU NUEVO CAMINO TE QUEREMOS SIEMPRE. Duilio de la Peña
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Fri 8 Aug 14

SG1984 says...

Our poor Jessica, god only knows why you were taken so soon! An angel in heaven you will now be as you gain your wings! John and your cherubs will be looked after by all of us around him doing what we can to help! I'm sorry you were taken in this way and pray that your family and johns family will find solace. Until we meet again Jess, GBNF , we will miss you and your infectious smile xxxxx
Our poor Jessica, god only knows why you were taken so soon! An angel in heaven you will now be as you gain your wings! John and your cherubs will be looked after by all of us around him doing what we can to help! I'm sorry you were taken in this way and pray that your family and johns family will find solace. Until we meet again Jess, GBNF , we will miss you and your infectious smile xxxxx SG1984
  • Score: 8

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