Heartfelt tributes have been paid to an ‘incredible, caring, kind, funny’ teenager who died after a crash near Partridge Green last week.
Alexandra Giddings, 19, of Brighton Road, Shermanbury, was driving a blue Citroen C1 east on the B2116 Shermanbury Road at around 10.20pm on Thursday May 14 when it left the road and collided with a tree.
She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she died on Friday morning.
Tributes have flooded in for the popular nursery nurse, who worked at Bluebells Nursery in Partridge Green and was also a member of the facilities team at Horsham Hospital.
In a statement, her family said: “Alexandra was a pupil at Jolesfield Primary School, Steyning Grammar School and City College Brighton where she qualified as a nursery nurse.
“Throughout Alexandra’s life she showed a keen interest in football and was a member of two local teams. She was a keen supporter of English Rugby.
“Alexandra had just returned from South Africa, where she volunteered with Skillshare who said she approached her placement with enthusiasm, kindness, vibrancy and humour.”
Jed Haney, one of Alexandra’s team leaders, described her as ‘one of the greatest girls I had the privilege of knowing’.
He added: “She was incredible, caring, kind, funny and would always take the need of others into consideration before herself.”
Team leader Dan Hancock said: “She touched the lives of friends, children and families over the past three months and I was proud of her.”
Her family added: “Alexandra was known for the exuberance she brought to her social life. She was a social butterfly having a wide and varied group of friends. She was beautiful inside and out and the glue that held all the friendship groups together.
“The family is truly devastated at the loss of their Alexandra.”
Alexandra was the only occupant of the car.
The retained fire crew from Partridge Green were the first emergency service at the scene and began attempts to resuscitate her.
They were assisted by a solo paramedic from Horsham, before paramedics took over resuscitation, assisted by the fire crew.
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who saw the collision or the car in the area in the time leading up to it can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting Operation Halton.
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