Ribchester girl (19) in fatal crash

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Devastated friends have paid moving tributes to a “popular” and “beautiful” young woman killed in a horror crash.

Georgina Collinson (19), of Ribchester, lost control of her Peugeot 206 and crashed into a wall on Lower Road, Longridge. She was cut from the wreckage by firefighters, but was pronounced dead at the scene. Her distraught friends have been leaving floral tributes at the scene of the accident, which happened at 11.15pm on Wednesday night.

Georgina – who was known to many of her friends as “Georgie” – worked part time at The Ribchester Arms in Ribchester. Leon Joyson, licensee, said: “[She was an amazing person, with a bubbly personality and a beautiful smile. “She was a pleasure to work with and she will be missed by all the staff.”

He added: “She was well liked, one of those people who was always smiling and never looked miserable. “It is a big shock really, she came in for a meal on Sunday with her sister.”

Dozens of colourful bouquets have been left by the side of the road, paying tribute to the Georgina. One card read: “Love you always, Georgie. You will be missed by so many, you beautiful girl.

“I will never forget all the great times we’ve had and everything you’ve done for me. “Keep smiling.”

One read: “To Georgie, no words can say how sad we are. Miss you xxx” Another card read: “You are amazing. It was great getting to know you, loved every second. Better keep up with the sunbeds, love you babe.” Another said: “I can’t believe it, you were such a lovely person and beautiful.” “Georgie, mate, you are such a lush person. I’ll never forget you,” said another.

In a Facebook post, Amy Gregson said: “RIP Georgie. Such a young beautiful girl, known you since primary school and you was always smiling and so happy. “You will be missed by all of us.

“Hope you’re safe up there and looking down on everybody. “My thoughts are with you and your family.”

Georgina is believed to be the eldest of four daughters and lived in Ribchester.

Senior investigating officer, Sgt Pat Worden from Lancashire Police’s road policing unit, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward and contact police.

“I am particularly keen to speak to the driver of a small sports car, possibly a Mazda MX5, that drove past the scene of incident prior to the emergency services arriving as I believe they could help.

“Understandably, this is a very difficult time for the family and we have specially trained officers supporting them.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire police on 101.