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RAF mechanic and wife who dreamed of travelling killed while crossing road in US

An RAF mechanic and his wife who dreamed of travelling the world together died in a car crash in California, an inquest heard.

Sean Cooper, 32, and his wife Lucy Cooper, 28, were crossing the road on Avenue L in Los Angeles County when they were hit by a car.

A friend of the couple, who live in the US, described them as incredible people who were “perfect” for each other.

Mr Cooper, a mechanical aircraft technician from Leicester, was serving as part of the RAF’s 17 Squadron based at Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, California.

An inquest at Lincoln Coroner’s Court on December 3 heard that Mrs Cooper suffered multiple blunt force injuries in the crash and died at the scene on September 4.

Mr Cooper sustained a blunt trauma and died at Antelope Valley Hospital.

Mrs Cooper, a veterinary nurse from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, had followed her husband over to the US where they lived together in Lancaster, California.

The couple’s coffins, which were draped in Union Flags, were transferred onto a RAF plane back to the UK on September 28.

Coroner Paul Smith concluded that both deaths were caused by a road traffic collision.

News of their deaths left all who knew them devastated with their bodies being repatriated back to Lincolnshire.

Kimberley Washbourn, 28, was close friends with Mrs Cooper when they were younger.

The pair met while working as waitresses at the Bentley Hotel in South Hykeham and have remained friends ever since.

The nurse, who lives in North Hykeham, said the couple’s death had left leave a huge hole in many people’s lives.

She said: “Lucy was one of the most caring, beautiful and kind-hearted people I was ever lucky enough to call a friend.

“Her sense of humour and bubbly personality were infectious and she made the lives of everyone who knew her so much better.

“It was so clear to everyone how much Sean and Lucy loved each other, and I am so glad they were able to follow their dreams in seeing the world, together.

“My favourite memory with Lucy was when we went to Spain and were floating in our rubber rings in the ocean during a massive storm.

“We were both so scared we were going to be electrocuted but still stayed in anyway.

“The times we spent together will be in my heart forever and I will think about you, and miss you, every day.

“Sleep tight angels and rest in peace, together.”

Miss Washbourn, who met Mr Cooper on a few occasions, said: “He was kind, funny and a genuinely lovely person.

“The thing that stuck out was how much he loved and adored Lucy, they were absolutely perfect for each other.”

The Veterinary Hospital Lincoln, where Lucy worked as a receptionist before undertaking her nurse training, also paid tribute in a statement.

It read: “Lucy’s love for the profession, and her compassion for her patients proved her to be a wonderful veterinary nurse, and an asset to our team.

“Lucy was a great friend as well as a beloved colleague, and her enthusiasm for a night out was infectious – on many a Christmas party she was the star of the dance floor.

“We had always hoped that one day when she was ready for a more quiet life that she might come back home, and we would work with her again.

“Nothing we say or do will be enough recognition for her.

“But we will remember Lucy as a hardworking, empathetic friend and colleague who we could share a hug with after a hard day, celebrate with after a clinical success, and who would always bring along a smile.

“She will be missed, and never forgotten.”