A HEARTBROKEN family have paid tribute to their teenage daughter who died after a car crash.

The family of 18-year-old Abbie O'Rourke have today released a statement following her death on December 5.

Abbie, of Victoria Road, Netley Abbey died after the silver Toyota Aygo she was a passenger in collided with a tree just before 9pm on Thursday night.

In a statement, her family said: “The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken by Abbie’s tragic death.

“The life of Abbie, who was a beautiful, talented, ambitious, intelligent, kind, giving, loving and so funny daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin was tragically taken from her.

“A daughter, who any parent would have been proud of, much loved by all; family, friends and work colleagues.

“Abbie, recently qualified as a practitioner at Hamble Early Years Centre where she loved working with the children.

“Abbie will be so very sadly missed but never ever forgotten. Abbie will be forever in our hearts and thoughts.

“Heaven has gained the brightest star of all.

“Thank you to everyone for all their support. It is so very much appreciated.”

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the collision which happened just before 9pm on Thursday in which two further passengers and the driver suffered injuries.

All three passengers were also taken to hospital.

Investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing and officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the silver Aygo in the Hamble area prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44190438205.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.