Teenage girl, 17, dies after car collides with tree off busy Norfolk road

PUBLISHED: 08:54 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 07 October 2018

The teenager has been described as

The teenager has been described as "beautiful", "fun", "kind" and "ambitious" in tributes to her on social media. Photo: Simon Parkin


A teenager has died after her vehicle crashed into a tree off a busy Norfolk road last night.

Emergency services were called to the A140 at Tasburgh at around 5.30pm on Wednesday following a crash just before the Hempnall crossing.

The incident happened near the junction with Quaker Lane, when a grey Fiat 500 travelling towards Diss left the road and collided with a tree.

The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old girl, died at the scene.

Firefighters from Carrow, Earlham and Long Stratton recovered the girl from the car, however, she was pronounced dead at the roadside.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Tasburgh where Shannon Gittings died. Picture: Simon ParkinEmergency services at the scene of the crash in Tasburgh where Shannon Gittings died. Picture: Simon Parkin

Police officers have now appealed for any witnesses to the collision to come forward, and are seeking any dash cam evidence from around the time.

A police spokesman said: “Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have information concerning the driving manner of the Fiat prior to the incident.”

The police have also appealed to speak to the drivers of the following vehicles, which were seen travelling towards Norwich around the time of the collision:

• A dark BMW 1 Series

• A dark five-door Ford Fiesta

• A blue Peugeot 307

• A white Ford Transit van

Anybody with information regarding the collision should contact PC Shane Schucroft of the police’s serious collision investigation team, on 101, or by emailing

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