Lewis Hamilton's F1 grid girl Kate Woodcock, 30, killed in horror BMW crash
Kate Woodcock was killed when her black BMW crashed into a wall on Chester Road, near Stonnall Service Station, near Sutton Coldfield
A Formula One grid girl who made headlines after rubbing shoulders with F1 star Lewis Hamilton lost her life after crashing her BMW into a wall, according to reports. On Thursday night, 30-year-old Kate Woodcock was driving down Chester Road near Sutton Coldfield, about five miles from her residence in Aldridge, when she lost control of her car.
Family and close friends set up a fundraising page to cover Woodcock's funeral costs and were able to raise at least $5,300 after more than 100 contributors donated, exceeding $1,000 over the target. While Formula One grid girls are randomly allocated places with any driver on a given day, Woodcock worked with Hamilton regularly for over two years.
Earlier this year, Woodcock spoke to The Sun about her role on the racetrack: "I did it because I wanted to do it and loved it. It's professional and nobody crossed the line once. More stuff probably goes on in an office. There was only me and another girl that were British. I was booked because I was intelligent, well-spoken, hard-working and those elements go into the whole package. There's a lot of work people don't see in these roles. You have to learn how to walk down the grid, how to hold your flag and the boards for the formations - there's a lot of training that goes into it."
Her modeling agency, SDMPE, tweeted in response to her untimely demise, saying, "We'd like to take the time out to pay a special tribute to Kate Woodcock. We're deeply shocked and saddened to lose such a lovely, beautiful girl and an exceptional model who shined very bright always."
As of October 1, the amount raised in Woodcock's memory reached n $6,200. Organizer Lucy Ford posted a notice on the online fundraiser, saying: "On 27 September 2018 our lives were turned upside down when we tragically lost Kate. Kate was a beautiful special girl who will be missed deeply by everyone who knew her. We hope to raise funds towards the cost of her funeral and give her the send-off she deserves. Many thanks for all your love and support xxxx"
At the crash site where the 30-year-old was declared dead by paramedics, supporters left bouquets with endearing messages in her memory, reported the Daily Mail.
One of them said: "My beautiful sister, I love you so much. I am going to miss you! Too young, too early to go, life will never be the same. Love you." Another note, embellished with butterflies, said, "My beautiful friend, I'm going to miss you so much !! Such a kind and caring person with such a happy soul. We've shared lots of good times. I'm gutted you're no longer with us. I'll never forget you. Love Emily."
Kate worked at various PR events in Birmingham and had also modeled for several magazines. A modeling agency Woodcock previously worked for also paid tribute to the "beautiful girl", sharing an image of her posing in a dreamy wedding outfit.
Earlier this year, grid girls were relieved of their jobs by Formula One over sexism concerns.