The family of a 21-year-old driver who died after a crash on the A17 have paid tribute to the ‘big-hearted young woman.’

Laura Pesterfield (pictured) was killed and her two young nephews seriously injured in the collision between a Vauxhall Astra and an HGV at the Station Road junction with the A17 at Terrington St Clement on December 21.

“You worshipped family life, lived and breathed for your precious nephews. You were so proud of them, talked to everyone about them and you would do anything for any of them,” said a statement from the family.

“A massive hole has been made that will never be filled.

“You had so many plans for the future – your dream was to train as a nurse, settle down, get married and have a family of your own.”

Miss Pesterfield worked as a carer at the White Gables Nursing Home in Kirton, near the family home.

“You were getting excited about planning the residents’ Christmas party. We had been out shopping on Sunday for the stuff you needed,” said the statement.

“Shine bright. We know you are looking after your nephews, making them well.”

The two boys have been discharged from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

An inquest was opened yesterday into Miss Pesterfield’s death and assistant county coroner Nicholas Holroyd said she pulled on to the A17 and was hit ‘broadside’.

She died at the scene identified by her father Paul Pesterfield.

  •  North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has called for better signs at the junction.

“We don’t want the tragic death of this poor girl to be in vain,” he said.

Campaigners have been calling for improvements at the junction where four people have died in crashes in six years.