Families of Dunbar crash victims ‘still in shock’

The families of three teenage friends who died in a car crash have spoken of their devastation.
David Armstrong, Jenna Barbour, and Josh James-Stewart died in the crash. Pictures: FacebookDavid Armstrong, Jenna Barbour, and Josh James-Stewart died in the crash. Pictures: Facebook
David Armstrong, Jenna Barbour, and Josh James-Stewart died in the crash. Pictures: Facebook

Jenna Barbour, 18, Josh Stewart, 16, and David Armstrong, 15, died when the car they were travelling in crashed into a wall in Tyninghame, East Lothian, at about 8:30pm on Monday.

Another passenger in the car, a 16-year-old boy, survived the crash and was treated at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.

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The two boys who died were pupils at Dunbar Grammar and Ms Barbour was a former pupil of the school. A special assembly was held at the school on Tuesday and grieving pupils were allowed to leave early.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, Ms Barbour’s parents, Sandra and Drew, and brother Gregor said they have been left devastated by her death.

They said: “Having only recently left school, Jenna had her whole life in front of her and had been saving for a trip to New Zealand, which was her dream holiday.

“Jenna had been working extremely hard to save for the trip and when she wasn’t busy working at her part-time jobs, she loved horse-riding and was very accomplished at the sport. As well as regularly spending time practising, Jenna also volunteered with the Riding for the Disabled charity.

“We were all immensely proud of Jenna and everything she achieved in her life. She was always a delight to be around and the family each have very fond memories of our holidays together. To lose someone as special as Jenna has left a huge hole in our hearts.”

A memorial is being planned at Dunbar Grammar with the school talking to the families about the best way to remember the three teenagers.

David’s mother, Andrea, said: “Our family is still in a state of shock following David’s death and we are struggling to come to terms with our loss.

“David was a kind-hearted and good-mannered boy, who was always respectful of adults and his peers and was a loving brother to his sister. He was athletic, enjoyed playing computer games and had a cheeky wink that made him such a wonderful person to know.

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“We are grateful for all the kind words of support we’re receiving at this time and would like to thank our family and friends for their condolences.”

Josh’s parents Susan and Mark said in a statement: “Josh was a much-loved son, nephew, grandson and cousin, and a loyal friend. He was a joy to anyone who knew him and the people that met Josh and his smile would never forget him.

“Josh lived for rugby and the gym. He was still looking to find that elusive six-pack. He will be sorely missed.

“It’s time for the community to pull together in this very difficult time. My heart goes out to all the families involved at this time of great sadness.”

Police said they are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash and asked anyone with information to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.