Family’s heartbreak as bride and groom-to-be die in tragic Halloween car crash

Courtney Jennings, 18, has been named as the victim of the car crash in Wiltshire on Friday, which also killed her fiancé Jack Paolucci, 19, as they made their way to a halloween party

The heartbroken family of an engaged teenage couple who were tragically killed in a horrific crash on their way to a Halloween party have paid tribute to the pair.

Jack Paolucci, 19, and his fiancé Courtney Jennings, 18, died after a Renault Clio they were in crashed into a tree in Wiltshire.

Two other passengers are currently still in hospital after the smash, with one, a 27-year-old man, in a stable but critical condition.

The teenagers were both in the British Army and were based in Tidworth.

Courtney served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) corps and had only just graduated in September 2020.

Her heartbroken family have released a picture describing her as “selfless with the kindest heart” and said after meeting Jack she was the “happiest she’s ever been”.

Her family said: “Courtney lost her life far too soon. No parent should ever find themselves in this situation, but through all our heartache we have the memories of our daughter that will forever keep our hearts bright.

“Courtney was 14 when she decided she was going to join the Army, and through her own aspersion and determination she succeeded and left home at 16 to join Harrogate Foundation college to achieve her dreams.

“She made herself proud, and all around her as proud of her as they could be. She has the brightest smile and infectious laugh. Once she started you could not help joining in.

“She was selfless with the kindest heart and was extremely close to her family. She always showed her love to everyone.

“Courtney was determined and sometimes stubborn, but always saw the bigger picture. When she met Jack she was the happiest that we’d ever seen her. Jack truly looked after her, and that was reassuring to us as parents.

“Speaking to her on FaceTime on Friday she was beaming about them going out to a nightclub together to celebrate Halloween. Her costume took weeks to prepare.

“Unfortunately, she never made it and that breaks our hearts. We were really looking forward to her sending us pictures of the night.

“She sent us pictures before they left and she looked so beautiful. We will forever hold that in our thoughts. We cannot believe that we will never get to hear her voice or hug her again.

“It is absolutely tragic, and we will forever miss our angel.”