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Vibrant' teen killed in crash

PUBLISHED: 11:32 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:22 23 August 2010

Sophia Edwards was a passenger in a car that crashed into a bus shelter in the early hours of New Year's Day

Sophia Edwards was a passenger in a car that crashed into a bus shelter in the early hours of New Year's Day

FRIENDS of a teenager who was killed in a New Year s Day car crash have paid tribute to a pretty and vibrant girl, writes Andrew Woodman. Sophia Edwards, 17, of Dean Road, Meopham, died after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a bus shelter in

FRIENDS of a teenager who was killed in a New Year's Day car crash have paid tribute to a 'pretty and vibrant' girl, writes Andrew Woodman.

Sophia Edwards, 17, of Dean Road, Meopham, died after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a bus shelter in Glenesk Road, Eltham last Thursday.

The keen horse rider, who was in the second year of a First Diploma in Art and Design at North West Kent College, was later pronounced dead at King's College Hospital in Camberwell.

Stable master Lynn Purves, from Joydens Riding Club in Old Bexley, where Miss Edwards was a member, said: "She was a keen horse woman, very daring.

"All of us here are devastated a t the loss of such a pretty, vibrant girl."

Friend Lizzie Smith said: "She was a very happy and beautiful girl. She had plans to go on to doing fashion."

Friends paid tribute to Miss Edwards on social networking site Facebook on a group dedicated to her memory set up by friend Chelsie Bagnell. She wrote: "All I can do now is think of the happy moments we had together and try to drown out the tears and sadness."

Miss Edwards suffered fatal head injuries when the Ford Fiesta she was travelling in crashed into a bus shelter and a wall at the junction of Bexley Road at 1.40am on New Year's Day. A police patrol car came across the crashed car which was travelling west at 1.42am and called an ambulance. The male driver, 21, was taken to hospital with a broken collar bone and neck and is said to be in a stable condition. An 18-year-old male passenger was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup to be treated for minor injuries. No arrests have been made in connection with the accident.

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