THE mum of a teenage girl who died in a horror crash on the Isle of Wight has paid tribute to her “beautiful, funny and amazing little girl”.
Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a collision on the Mersley Down road yesterday afternoon.
This afternoon a family statement said: “Kiri-Jade is a loving 14-year-old girl with a zest for life. She is adored by her loving mother Carly and her sister Megan, eight.
“Kiri-Jade is part of an extended family who all miss her dreadfully.”
Her mum Carly added: “As you know, at 3pm yesterday afternoon my beautiful, smart, funny and amazing little girl was tragically taken from me. Thank you for all of your kind words.
“There is now a void in my heart that can never be filled. Kiri-Jade you were my first born baby girl, my wingman and my very best friend.
“I love you so much sweetheart my heart is aching for you and always will, sweet dreams my precious angel xxx mummy.' Kiri-Jade rest in peace you angel, you will be missed.
Kiri-Jade, of Queens Road, Sandown, was a student at Sandown academy. Her family told how “like all teenagers she enjoyed a healthy social life and had a mountain of friends.”
She was the front-seat passenger in a Renault Clio being driven by an 18-year-old man when it was in collision with a Renault Megane.
The front-seat passenger in the Megane, 67-year-old Barbara Ford from Brading, was taken to St Mary's Hospital where she later died.
Police are continuing their investigation into the collision and are appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle driving prior to it to call 101.