POLICE are appealing for information about an accident at Barton on Friday night that left one woman dead and her partner seriously injured.
Beverly Anne Wright, 46, from Fulwood, Preston, was flung from the back seat of a taxi when it collided with a Vauxhall Astra on the A6 outside the Sparling restaurant, formerly the Barton Fox pub, close to Barton Grange, at 11.20pm.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her partner, 49-year-old Jonathan Rogan, who was also a passenger in the taxi, is still seriously ill in Royal Preston Hospital.
As the Courier went to press he remained in critical care in a serious but stable condition.
The driver of the Vauxhall Astra - understood to be an 18-year-old from the Garstang area - was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was held by police on Saturday but bailed on Sunday until April 4 pending further investigations.
He escaped with minor injuries, as did the 39-year-old taxi driver, who is from Preston.
Police have erected witness appeal posters at the scene of the crash.
In a statement, Mrs Wright's family said: "Beverly was much loved by all her family who are devastated by this unnecessary accident that has taken away her life."
The male passenger, taxi driver and the Astra driver were taken to Royal Preston Hospital by ambulance with head, abdominal and arm injuries.
The A6 was closed in both directions between Station Lane and White Horse Lane for more than six hours after the crash.
Police say Mrs Wright and her partner had got into a taxi outside the Sparling restaurant. As the Hackney cab pulled away from the forecourt of the restaurant, it collided with a Vauxhall Astra heading north.
The Vauxhall Astra collided with the rear of the taxi at the driver's side.
Insp Simon Atkinson, Lancashire police's force incident manager, said: "The force of the impact was such that the female passenger was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We would be interested to hear from any members of the public that may have witnessed this incident or have any information about it."