A devastated friend of a tragic couple who were killed while crossing the road, has described them as “perfect” for each other.
Grimbsy-born Lucy Cooper and her RAF husband Sean Cooper suffered fatal injuries after being hit by a car in Los Angeles on September 4 this year.
The pair were repatriated back to the UK in emotional scenes involving many of their friends in the RAF.
Kimberley Washbourn told Lincolnshire Live : “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.”
Lucy and Kimberley met while working as waitresses at the Bentley Hotel in South Hykeham and had remained friends ever since.
The nurse, who lives in North Hykeham, says she will always remember the memories they created together as says the couple’s death will leave a huge hole in many people’s lives.
Miss Washbourn said: “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.”
Details of the tragedy were revealed this month following an inquest in Lincoln, where Lucy’s family live.
Lucy, 28, had followed husband Sean, 32, over to the US where he was deployed as a mechanical aircraft technician as part of 17 Squadron based at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Miss Washbourn 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.”
According to a California Highway Patrol report, the fatal collision happened at around 3.15am.
The report said Lucy and Sean were crossing Avenue L when they were hit by a 2012 Toyota Prius that was travelling westbound on Avenue L at approximately 45 to 50mph.