Judge’s daughter killed in Bangkok road traffic accident
Tributes have been flooding in after the popular daughter of a judge was killed in a road traffic accident in Thailand.
Charlotte Heppel, daughter of the late Peter Heppel QC, died when she was hit by a car crossing the road in the capital city of Bangkok. She had been in the country a year, teaching English and living with her boyfriend and several childhood friends.
The tragic car accident happened in the Samutprakarn district of the city in the early hours of Saturday 25th February 2005 as Ms Heppel and her partner, Greg O'Donnell, were returning home after night out. Emergency services rushed to the scene but such was the severity of her personal injuries that they were unable to save her.
A passionate actress and singer, Charlotte was teaching English after completing a postgraduate Certificate in Education in Edinburgh and a performing arts degree at the University of Salford. Her father had been a circuit judge who worked in Yorkshire and the Humber before a sudden heart attack killed him at the age of 55 in 2004.
After hearing about the road traffic accident, a friend of Charlotte told reporters, "She was hilarious, she was really, really fun-loving. She had a lot of close friends. She enjoyed going out with people and she was always the highlight of the night.
"She wanted the opportunity to travel before she settled down. She was having the best time of her life there."
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