PARENTS of a 21-year-old student who was killed in a car crash on Monday have paid tribute to their “passionate, loving and creative” daughter.
Michelle Hulford, from Luton, was visiting friends in Northern Ireland when the car they were travelling in from the airport was in collision with an agricultural vehicle. The Bath Spa University student was studying dance and creative writing and had ambitions to teach children in Africa and write children’s books.
Her father, David Hulford, who lives in Stopsley, said: “Michelle was a person who absolutely loved life, loved people and lived everything to the absolute max. She was the kind of person who lit up the room when she walked in. She was very passionate in her Christian faith, she loved God and loved people – she was the life and soul.”
Born while her parents were in Bolivia, Michelle had three older brothers and a younger sister, and spent her gap year before university in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya working with orphans.
Her mother, Jackie Hulford, said: “Michelle brought everybody together. She was a very sensitive person, she loved people and always gave them ideas to help them resolve their problems any way she could. She was a peacemaker.
“She had an amazing gift for teaching. Teachers loved her because of her ability. That’s why she wanted to be a teacher in the future.”
The former Harpenden King’s School student had been dropped off at the airport by her father on Monday morning, but never made it to her friend’s house in Northern Ireland. The crash happened just before 10am near Doagh village in County Antrim. Police said four other people including a 14-month-old child were injured.