M40 tragedy: heartache of bride-to-be

thisisoxfordshire: COUPLE: Warren Carl Stone with his fiancee Amy Bothwell COUPLE: Warren Carl Stone with his fiancee Amy Bothwell

THE fiancee of the 29-year-old man killed in a crash on the M40 has said they were due to get married in September.

Amy Bothwell said Warren Carl Stone was the love of her life and “enjoyed every moment to the maximum”.

Mr Stone, from Headington, was travelling from London home to Oxford in the early hours of Monday, when his Vauxhall Astra veered off the motorway between junctions 6 and 7 and crashed into a field shortly after 5am. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just days before, Mr Stone, who was a co-director at a sports management company, had celebrated his 29th birthday.

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  • Family:  From left, Martyn, Jennifer and Calvin Stone

Last night his fiancee said they were putting the finishing touches to their wedding booked for September 20 at Headington Baptist Church with invitations already sent to guests.

Miss Bothwell from Cowley, who first met Mr Stone at St Augustine Primary School in Oxford, said they had been friends since then and a couple for a number of years said: “Words can never describe what he truly meant to me. He was an inspiration and light to all that knew him. He loved me with everything that he had, and he will always have my love.

Miss Bothwell, who works as an account manager at Sophos in Abingdon, said: “Warren loved life and enjoyed every moment to the maximum and I know that he was happy with his achievements in life.

“We were to be married in September and, although I will never legally become Mrs Warren Carl Stone, in my eyes we were already there. RIP my love.”

Miss Bothwell’s parents said Mr Stone was like a son to them and he would be sadly missed.

And Miss Bothwell’s brother Stuart said: “I would like to thank Warren for wanting to take Amy off my hands. Warren was loved and he was very kind – testament to this is the significant response and comments on social media.”

Mr Stone, who went to Marston Middle School and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, previously worked in the advertising department at the Oxford Mail and most recently for Fitness Essence in Mallard Close, Oxford.

His dad Calvin said: “My son Warren had an infectious personality, a young man of incredible presence and influence.

“He celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday. The message in his birthday card from us, his parents, was ‘you have made us incredibly proud.’ Even in sadness we celebrate the fact that we had Warren for 29 years. RIP son.”

His mother, Jennifer, said: “My son Warren was an excellent communicator and he enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends.

“He had a unique way of touching the lives of the people he met, always making himself available to help other people. He was a special and unique gift. I will miss him.”

Meanwhile his brother Martyn said: “Warren was the best big brother. He was funny, driven, ambitious and fashionable; he loved his bright colours. He wore his heart on his sleeve. He will be sorely missed and I will strive to be more like him.”

Colleague and Fitness Essence business partner Yannce Reid said: “To me he was a brother, he was a best friend and a business partner.

“I know he inspired a lot of people to believe in themselves and better themselves.”

Friend Kingsley Ugwu said: “Growing up we were joined at the hip – where you saw Waz you saw me and vice versa.

“It was a privilege to watch you mature into the man that we will all miss. The driven, aspirational, exceptional young man.”

And across social media sites, more comments were left.

Friend and Oxford DJ Adrian ‘Spex’ Prescott wrote on Facebook: “Woke up hoping this was all a nightmare...”

On Twitter, Oxford triple jumper Nathan Douglas posted: “Sad to hear the news of @WarrenCarlStone yesterday, my thoughts & heart r with his fam, fiance & friends.”

The police are asking for any witnesses to contact Pc Adrian White at the Collision Investigation Unit in Aylesbury on the non-emergency number 101.

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9:51am Wed 7 May 14

angelox99 says...

What a sad thing to happen. Any death is upsetting, and tragic. But in these circumstances so near to a special occasion, and having known each other for a substantial amount of time, I cannot imagine what the fiance and family must be feeling.

I do not know what happened that morning which lead to this accident, but I am a great believer that things happen for a reason, despite them not always being fair or right in our eyes.

My thoughts go out to all those involved, and I hope in time you will find healing and acceptance, and release of your grief.
What a sad thing to happen. Any death is upsetting, and tragic. But in these circumstances so near to a special occasion, and having known each other for a substantial amount of time, I cannot imagine what the fiance and family must be feeling. I do not know what happened that morning which lead to this accident, but I am a great believer that things happen for a reason, despite them not always being fair or right in our eyes. My thoughts go out to all those involved, and I hope in time you will find healing and acceptance, and release of your grief. angelox99
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12:09pm Wed 7 May 14

LC1Oxford says...

Some lovely tributes to him. He was clearly well-loved and sounds like lots of fun. Best wishes to all those who cared about him and have to cope with the loss of someone so young.
Some lovely tributes to him. He was clearly well-loved and sounds like lots of fun. Best wishes to all those who cared about him and have to cope with the loss of someone so young. LC1Oxford
  • Score: 31

10:05pm Wed 7 May 14

DoctorBob says...

angelox99 wrote:
What a sad thing to happen. Any death is upsetting, and tragic. But in these circumstances so near to a special occasion, and having known each other for a substantial amount of time, I cannot imagine what the fiance and family must be feeling.

I do not know what happened that morning which lead to this accident, but I am a great believer that things happen for a reason, despite them not always being fair or right in our eyes.

My thoughts go out to all those involved, and I hope in time you will find healing and acceptance, and release of your grief.
There is a time and a place to share your beliefs and this isn't one of them. Selfishness personified.

Sorry to hear of this young man's death and the impact it has had on all those dear to him.
[quote][p][bold]angelox99[/bold] wrote: What a sad thing to happen. Any death is upsetting, and tragic. But in these circumstances so near to a special occasion, and having known each other for a substantial amount of time, I cannot imagine what the fiance and family must be feeling. I do not know what happened that morning which lead to this accident, but I am a great believer that things happen for a reason, despite them not always being fair or right in our eyes. My thoughts go out to all those involved, and I hope in time you will find healing and acceptance, and release of your grief.[/p][/quote]There is a time and a place to share your beliefs and this isn't one of them. Selfishness personified. Sorry to hear of this young man's death and the impact it has had on all those dear to him. DoctorBob
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