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British woman, 27, killed in a car accident in Byron Bay while working and travelling in Australia 

A 27-year-old British woman has died in a car crash after coming off the road in Byron Bay, Australia, on October 17.

Katherine Mary Hannah from Yorkshire was pursuing her career as an occupational therapist while touring the country.

Police in New South Wales reported emergency services were called to Bangalow Road at Talofa, east of Bangalow, after reports a white Ford had smashed into a tree.

The Australian police said she was the sole occupant but had yet to be formally identified after the accident at 3.30pm.

Katherine Mary Hannnah, 27, was described by her family as ‘the life and soul of every party with a Diet Coke in one hand and a glass of wine in the other’

She grew up with two sisters, Elish and Anna-Louise, the daughters of the late Rupert and Fiona Hannah.

A family statement reported by the York Press said: ‘She escalated to a senior occupational therapist at a young age and was beloved by colleagues and patients.

‘It was her ambition to improve the lives of mental health patients through her work and outside hobbies. She planned to run a marathon for the charity Mind among other endeavours.

‘Katherine lived life to the full and was an unforgettable character. She was the life and soul of every party with a Diet Coke in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

‘Where there was mischief there was Katherine, where there was glamour there was Katherine and when a friend was needed there was Katherine.’

After graduating with a BSc from Sheffield Hallam her career took her to Leeds, Manchester, Guildford and London before heading to Australia. 

Her family added: ‘Katherine Mary Hannah was a much beloved daughter, sister and friend and her loved ones were very proud of her. She will be greatly missed.

‘Her family and friends wish to continue Katherine’s ambitions and celebrate the fulfilling but sadly short life she led. We plan to fundraise for the charity Mind and continue her fight to improve healthcare for patients suffering from mental health conditions.’


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