Two sisters have lost both their mother and father after they were killed in head-on crash with a suspected drink and drug driver.
Young Sisters Have their Parents Wiped Out: The two parents, Robert Bateman, 36, and his wife Paula, 35, and their two children 10-year-old Lexi and 18-month-old Elizabeth were all traveling in the car when it crashed on the A142 in Cambridgeshire on Thursday.
Mr Bateman was driving their Ford Focus when it smashed into an Iveco Daily van between Chatteris and Mepal at just after 8pm. Mrs Bateman was in the backseat.
Youngest Daughter Lexi was seriously hurt but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Elizabeth was not seriously injured.
Both of the daughters have now been released from the local hospital but are now sadly orphans.
The van driver, 32, from Lincoln, only suffered minor injuries. And has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.
The family of the Batemans have paid tribute to them in a statement issued through police.
They said: ‘We are utterly devastated by this news. Bob and Paula were much-loved friends to many. And will be missed by everyone who knew them.
‘They were also utterly devoted parents.
‘Bob as a much-loved son and father, while Paula was a much-loved daughter, sister and mother.’
The suspect remains in police detention before awaiting trial.
Police are still appealing for witnesses to gather as much information as possible to convict the suspected drink and drug driver.
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