Newly-engaged couple killed in car crash on way to party as family pays tribute

The 'heartbroken' family of a teenager who died in a tragic car crash along with her fiancé have shared a moving tribute.

Courtney Jennings died in an accident involving a Renault Clio that hit a tree after leaving the road in Tidworth, Wiltshire at around 10pm on Friday 29 October.

The couple were on their way to a Halloween party, and were reportedly wearing fancy dress costumes at the time of the crash.

Ms Jennings was serving with the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers based in the town, and her family home was in Staffordshire.

Her family said she was 'selfless' with the 'kindest heart', the 'brightest smile' and an infectious laugh.

Her fiancé, Jack Paolucci, 19, from Birmingham, also died in the collision.

The family's written tribute reads: "Courtney lost her life far too soon. No parent should ever find themselves in this situation, but through all our heartache we have the memories of our daughter that will forever keep our hearts bright.

"Courtney was 14 when she decided she was going to join the Army, and through her own aspersion and determination she succeeded and left home at 16 to join Harrogate Foundation college to achieve her dreams.

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"She was selfless with the kindest heart and was extremely close to her family. She always showed her love to everyone.

"Courtney was determined and sometimes stubborn, but always saw the bigger picture. When she met Jack she was the happiest that we’d ever seen her. Jack truly looked after her, and that was reassuring to us as parents.

"Speaking to her on FaceTime on Friday she was beaming about them going out to a nightclub together to celebrate Halloween. Her costume took weeks to prepare.

"Unfortunately, she never made it and that breaks our hearts."

"It is absolutely tragic, and we will forever miss our angel."

Wiltshire police said that two passengers remain in hospital, with one, a 27-year-old man, in a stable but critical condition.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was called to the fatal incident and a source said the charity’s specialist medics performed surgery at the roadside.

The circumstances of the collision remain part of an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 54210105760.

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