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Parents speak of 'needless death' of daughter

Caroline Cumming
Caroline Cumming's father said she "lived life to the full"

The parents of a woman killed after being hit by a car in Dundee have spoken of her "utterly needless death".

Caroline Cumming, 23, and her 24-year-old boyfriend, were struck by the car in Arbroath Road just after 0700 GMT on New Year's Day.

Her parents Steve and Val, from Broughty Ferry, said the family was "completely devastated".

A 17-year-old man was due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Saturday in connection with Ms Cumming's death.

Ms Cumming, who was working as a barmaid, had recently been living with her boyfriend in Dundee's Springhill area, a short distance from where she was killed.

Her boyfriend, who is originally from Forfar, is being treated in hospital for serious leg injuries.

Mr Cumming, a well-known local businessman, said his daughter "loved life and lived it to the full".

She was simply heading home with her boyfriend
Val Cumming

''We are struggling to come to terms with the fact that our daughter's life has been taken away so utterly needlessly," he said.

"Caroline was simply walking home when this appalling incident happened.

''Everyone who knew Caroline will understand what I am saying when I say she was very much an individual, very ambitious and every bit her own person. The whole family is devastated.''

Mrs Cumming, a teacher at Eastern Primary School in Broughty Ferry, said: ''Caroline had been at the Cage nightclub where she worked part-time as part of the bar staff.

"She loved the nightclub and had many friends there. She was simply heading home with her boyfriend.

''We had been for lunch together between Christmas and New Year, as well as going shopping for a dress that she planned to wear last night.

"We didn't get the chance to speak to Caroline after the bells as she had been working. We simply cannot believe that our daughter is gone.''

Teaching plan

Ms Cumming, who leaves a 26-year-old brother Chris, was a former pupil at Eastern Primary School and the High School of Dundee and graduated from Abertay University.

She had been carrying out work experience at her former primary school and planned to pursue a career in primary school teaching.

Tayside Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident which happened near the junction of Arbroath Road and Eden Street and involved a blue Ford Mondeo.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or anyone who saw a blue Mondeo driving in the Dundee area early on New Year's Day.

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