The devastated mum of a “bright and bubbly” teenage girl killed in a car accident has said her daughter’s death has still not sunk in.
Estelle Thompson died on her 17th birthday on Sunday when the car she was travelling in hit a dry stone wall near the canal bridge in Manchester Road, Hapton.
Her mum Elizabeth Marsh, of Lawrence Avenue, Burnley, told the Express how Estelle had a unique dress sense and personality.
“When she was growing up Estelle was a very quiet, shy girl, but she really came out of her shell at high school.
“She had her own sense of style, loved fashion and make-up and was just a typical teenage girl.
“She loved visiting her friends and family in the area. We are just devastated. It has not sunk in.”
Estelle was a former pupil of Cherry Fold Primary School and Unity College. She had started a hairdressing course at Accrington and Rossendale College, but had recently dropped out to consider her options.
Friends, relatives and neighbours have set up a Facebook tribute page and are planning a number of fund-raising events to help towards the family’s funeral costs.
Estelle had been travelling back from her brother’s house with a friend when the tragedy occurred.
Police are still investigating what caused the accident.
Sgt Finn Quainton, road policing investigator, said: “This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with Estelle’s family and friends. I would appeal to anybody who witnessed this collision, who saw the car involved in the moments before the collision, or who has any information that could assist with our investigation, to contact us.”
A post-mortem examination is set to take place before a date can be set for Estelle’s funeral.
She also leaves brother Ben (20) and sisters Stacey (21) and Sadie (19).