Teenager, 17, ‘who had her life ahead of her’ killed in car crash as tributes paid

Teenager, 17, ‘who had her life ahead of her’ killed in car crash as tributes paid

A devastated family have paid tribute to a teenage girl who was killed when the car she was travelling in crashed into a tree.

Chelsea Gillie, 17, was a passenger in the vehicle when the accident happened in Northumberland at 8.30pm on Monday.

Chelsea was rushed to hospital but sadly died on Thursday surrounded by her family, reported Chronicle Live.

The teenager’s family said in a statement: “Chelsea was a daughter, sister and friend who was taken too soon from all those who loved her.

“She had her whole life ahead of her. Sleep tight and rest in peace baby girl.”

The driver of the vehicle was also taken to hospital but he did not suffer any serious injuries.

The 18-year-old man was arrested but had since been released pending investigation.

Sergeant Neil Graham, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, has appealed for anyone who might be a witness to come forward.

He said: “This is a tragic incident that has sadly resulted in a young girl losing her life just a couple of months before her 18th birthday.

“Her family are understandably devastated by what has happened and have been by her side in hospital right until the end.

“We are continuing to carry out inquiries so we can find out exactly what has happened and provide them with some answers at this difficult time.

“But we still need to speak to anyone who may have seen the Nissan Pixo being driven in the Edlingham and Longframlington areas on Monday evening.

“If you were driving in the area and have any dash-cam footage then we would ask you to review it to see if you captured the vehicle in question.

“Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help us build up a picture of what happened.”