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Tributes to Upminster sixth former Carys Hammond killed in car accident

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 April 2017

Carys Hammond died after her car drove off the road and into a bridge. Picture: Essex Police

Carys Hammond died after her car drove off the road and into a bridge. Picture: Essex Police

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A heartbroken family say they have lost their “ray of sunshine” after a freak car accident.

Carys Hammond died on Monday evening after her car left a road in Brickman’s Hill, Manningtree, and struck a bridge.

Carys, 18, a pupil at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, was in the car with two friends who suffered minor injuries.

The family’s statement said: “Carys was vibrant, intelligent, vivacious, and a totally loved daughter and sister, who was adored by all who knew her.

“She was so full of life and truly touched the heart and souls of everyone that knew and loved her.

“Carys had a talent for sport and a passion for cricket, playing for three local clubs.

“She had hundreds of friends who just loved to be in her company.

“She had a sparkle that always lit up a room and she was a ray of sunshine to us all.

“We cannot find the words to describe the utter devastation that we as a family and her friends are feeling.

“With this in mind, we request privacy and trust this will be respected in the days and weeks ahead.”

Friends have taken to social media to express their shock at the news, describing her as “lovely”, “beautiful”, and “talented”.

Katie Billinghurst said: “You was one of the kindest people I have ever met.

“Always smiling and made everyone else laugh and smile.

“We were together all the time as we was growing up.

“Your beautiful laugh had everyone else laughing with you.”

Carys played cricket for Woodham Mortimer, Benfleet CC as well as the Harold Wood Ladies and Girls U16s for three years.

Former team member at Harold Wood Cricket Club Zoe Quested said: “She was funny and a great person to be around.

“It’s been a great shock to the team and we would like to send our love to Carys’ family.”

The club says they are now in talks of holding an event in her memory.

The Harold Wood Cricket Club said: “It was with great sadness that Harold Wood Cricket Club heard of the passing of Carys Hammond.

“She will be remembered as friendly, enthusiastic and happy character who used to play the game with a smile on here face.

“Our sympathies are extended to all Carys’ friends and family at this difficult time.”

Her family says she was “so full of life and truly touched the heart and souls of everyone that knew and loved her”.

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