The family of a 14-year-old girl who was run over and killed by a suspected drug-driver on New Year's Eve have spoken of their devastation as they paid tribute to their "brightest star".
Olivia Kolek was near Rowley Regis railway station, in Sandwell, West Midlands, when she was hit by a grey Mercedes on Friday.
Two women, both healthcare workers, were driving past the scene and desperately tried to perform CPR..
Emergency services rushed to Station Road at around 4.45pm but the schoolgirl was sadly pronounced dead just before 5.30pm.
The driver, a 39-year-old man, stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving while under the influence of drugs.
He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries and while police await forensic test results.
Her heartbroken family have today released a statement through West Midlands Police after Olivia was formally identified as the tragic victim.
The family said: "Our love, our heart, our life. We will love you forever and longer.
“She had a lot of plans for so many things to do. She was the brightest star in our life.
“We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”
It was reported that Olivia had been on her way to a New Year's Eve party with friends when she was struck by the vehicle.
Just moments earlier, the teenager had gone to wish her mum Izabela Maziakowska, 41, a happy New Year at the Post Office where she worked.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said the force was still appealing for witnesses who had not yet spoken to officers to come forward.
They added: "If you saw what happened or saw the grey Mercedes driving in the build-up to the crash then please get in touch.
"And if you have dash-cam footage showing the incident then we also want to hear from you."
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Sergeant Julie Lyman, from the force's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said previously: “This is a truly awful way to start the New Year and my heart goes out to the girl’s family and friends.
“We’ve started an investigation to understand what happened and the driver has been arrested as we believe he was driving while unfit through drugs.
“The investigation is clearly in the early stages and I would urge people not to speculate online about what happened."
Anyone with information is urged to contact the force on 101, via their website or email [email protected]
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