‘Beautiful’ girl, 18, killed in car crash as devastated family pay tribute

Tributes have been paid to a “beautiful” and “unique” 18-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash.

Mia Craen, from Horsham in west Sussex, was driving through the village of Southwater in her Fiat 500 on Saturday, January 30, before the collision.

Emergency services rushed to the B2237 but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Sussex Live reports.

Her mum Michelle Craen posted on Facebook: “Thank you everyone. Mia was a beautiful, unique girl. She lit up every room she entered and will be missed so much.

“Thank you for all of you who have sent messages.

"I can’t reply to all of them as my heart is breaking.

"I do appreciate every single message you’ve all sent. Thank you."

Mia played Horsham Hockey Club's colts team, which posted a statement in memory of their teammate.

It read: "The club is very sorry to hear of the loss of Mia Craen who sadly died on January 30, 2021, in a tragic accident.

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"Such a bright and friendly girl, nice to everyone, happy to help anyone and now missed by everyone.

"With much love, you will be sorely missed. All your friends at Horsham Hockey Club."

Hundreds of others left messages on Mia’s Instagram, with one reading: “You were such an amazing, kind and lovely person, and I will love you forever.”

Another said: “Fly high angel, you will be missed.”

Police officers are still appealing for information relating to the crash.

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A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was tragically killed in a single-vehicle collision in Southwater on Saturday 30 January

"The incident involving a white Fiat 500 occurred on the B2237 Worthing Road about 12.30pm.

"The sole occupant – an 18-year-old local woman – was sadly pronounced dead at the scene."

“Police are urging anyone who saw the Fiat being driven in the area immediately before the collision – or anyone who may have captured what happened on dashcam – to email [email protected]uk quoting Operation Sunningdale.”

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