Recently qualified nurse dies in tragic road accident while travelling to work

Colleagues have said Victoria’s death is “a huge loss to the profession”. A recently qualified and much-loved nurse died in […]

Sarah Jane
6 August 2020
Victoria Kavanagh

Colleagues have said Victoria’s death is “a huge loss to the profession”.

A recently qualified and much-loved nurse died in a tragic road accident while on her way to work earlier this month. 

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Victoria Kavanagh, 41 from Oldbury, was critically injured in a crash involving two lorries on July 27 and sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

She had graduated as a Paediatric nurse only 18 months ago and quickly landed her dream job, working with safeguarding children – a role colleagues said she “excelled at”.

Colleges have said they are devastated and tributes have poured across social media.

A statement from the School and Public Health Nurses Association reads; “We are so very sad to hear of the tragic death of our school nursing colleague Viki Kavanagh. This is as a result of a road traffic accident.”

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According to SallyAnn Sutton a professional lead at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Victoria “excelled at her role as a staff nurse within the School health service. Her supervisors and other colleagues have nothing but positive praise for her contribution to the health and wellbeing of children and young people, ‘lighting up the room with her smile’.”

Colleagues added; “She will be a huge loss to the profession.”

Forever missed.

Ms Kavanagh’s family paid tribute to her saying; “Victoria was a loving mother and daughter and a friend to everyone she met.

“She graduated 18 months ago in children’s nursing and got her dream job shortly after working with safeguarding children.

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“She had just been accepted to study for her Masters in Public Health and had so much to look forward to.

“She will leave behind a massive hole in our lives and will be forever missed.”

DC Damian Gibson from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police, said: “A woman has tragically lost her life and we are doing everything to piece together the moments leading to her death.

“We are continuing to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or with dashcam footage to contact us.”

Anyone with information can contact collision investigators on FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101.

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