Teen and dad of one of UK’s smallest babies ‘taken too soon’ in horror smash

The family of an 18-year-old woman are said to be “devastated” after she was “taken too soon” following a car crash where she was killed alongside the dad of one of Britain’s smallest ever babies.

Annabelle Lovell was the front seat passenger in a BMW being driven by Benjamin Teague, 26, which was in collision with a Volkswagen ID4 on the night of August 2.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on the A5 between Potterspury and Paulerspury, in Northamptonshire, but nothing could be done to save the pair.

Police previously released moving tributes to Benjamin who died 23 months after the birth of his son Logan who was born weighing just 1lb 8oz.

The miracle tot was tinier than his teddy bear when he was born 11 weeks early on September 30, 2019 – weighing just 10oz more than the UK’s smallest baby.

The force has now issued a statement on behalf of the family of Annabelle.

They said: “She was a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter.

“This has devastated the entire family and everyone that knew her. She was taken too soon.”

Benjamin’s family, who paid tribute two weeks ago, said: “Ben Teague was a much-loved daddy, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

“Our beautiful boy gone way too soon, our hearts are broken. Your smile will never be forgotten. We love you mate xxxx.”

His heartbroken former partner Danielle Forrester, 26, said previously: “I’m just absolutely devastated.

“We had split up but were on the verge of getting back together before this happened so I’m just heartbroken really.

“I don’t know what more to say he was just a brilliant father, and I’ll always make sure Logan remembers his dad.

“The police have told us not to say anything about the crash until after the investigation.

“We are just trying to come to terms with it.”

When Logan was born at Northampton General Hospital he was popped in a sandwich bag to keep him warm because he arrived so prematurely.

His mum Danielle nestled a teddy bear beside him to comfort him whilst he was in an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit .

The soft toy was bigger than the tiny tot, but after nine weeks in hospital, Logan battled to full health and was allowed home.

Speaking at the time of the birth, Danielle, of Northampton, said: “”He was so tiny – you could hold him in the palm of your hand.

“The teddy was pretty small, but Logan was so weeny, it swamped him.

“It made us realise just how tiny and fragile he was.”

Police are appealing for witnesses of the crash and anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage is asked to call 0800 174615 quoting incident number 525 of August 2.