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Calgary woman remembered as ‘shining light’ after fatal accident in Mexico

A photo of Laura Penton from her Facebook page. Facebook/Calgary Herald

A Calgary woman killed in a scooter accident while on vacation in Mexico is being remembered for her sense of humour and big heart.

Laura Dawn Penton, 26, was vacationing in Playa del Carmen with friends when she died Friday in a crash in Cozumel.

Local newspaper Diario de Quintana Roo reported she was with friends touring the south coast on rented scooters when she lost control along a dangerous curve, known as “Tormentos,” skidded and struck a wood pole.

She hit her head and was declared dead at the scene, according to the media report.

Colleagues at Lundgren and Young Insurance were saddened to hear the news, said chief administration officer Robyn Young.

“She was a well-loved individual in our office,” Young said. “We are all in shock.”

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Penton joined Lundgren and Young about five years ago and worked as an insurance broker and team lead for a registry branch. She won her co-workers over with her “great sense of humour and big heart,” Young said.

She had been looking forward to her sun vacation with her friends, which included a co-worker, who is “going through a tough time,” Young added.

She said staff gathered Monday to remember Penton. A grief counsellor was also made available to the office.

On Facebook, the company offered thoughts and prayers to the woman’s family.

“Laura was a shining light in any room she entered, her quick wit and indomitable spirit made her a joy to know and to work with,” the posting said. “We will all miss her very, very much.”

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