Tributes to 'beautiful' crash victim

Schoolgirl Chloe Goose was described as “beautiful” and “unforgettable” as a community came together in a public outpouring of grief following her death in a car crash.

Schoolgirl Chloe Goose was described as “beautiful” and “unforgettable” as a community came together in a public outpouring of grief following her death in a car crash.

The 14-year-old suffered fatal injuries when the silver Peugeot in which she was travelling crashed into a shop at Queen's Road, Hethersett. The accident on Saturday also claimed the life of talented sportsman Craig Waugh, 19, who was driving the car.

Teachers at Hethersett High School, where Chloe studied and where Craig was a former pupil, escorted pupils to the scene of the accident where more than 100 bouquets have been left.

At one point there were so many mourners that police closed off the road to allow them to pay their respects.

Speaking at the family home on the Steepletower Estate, Hethersett, tonight, Chloe's parents paid tribute to “a much-loved daughter and sister”.

Her father David said: “She was just so bubbly and outgoing, if you ever met her you'd never forget her. She had so many special friends who she loved to spend time with.

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“We are completely devastated and so are so many of her friends. This has affected so many people. Everybody who knew her loved her. She was such a character.”

Chloe, the youngest of three children, was an intelligent and sporty youngster and had a keen interest in race-skiing, having participated in the sport both in the UK and France. She was a member of Norfolk Race Team.

She had two brothers Danny, 17, and Jamie, 15, who have been left shattered by her death

Chloe's mother Sue said the family was lost without her. “She was such a beautiful daughter and a wonderful sister. She was such a friendly person with a lovely sense of humour,” she added.

“She made everyone laugh and was always happy. She would speak to anyone. She had a wonderful life and lived it to the full. She had so many hopes and dreams for the future and so much to offer.”

Craig was making great progress toward his dream of playing professional golf and was earlier described by his family as popular with a “lively character” and a “heart of gold”.

He had offered Chloe a lift from a nearby playing field where she was playing with friends and it is believed he failed to negotiate a right-hand bend, hitting an electricity post and the corner of the Red Herring Delicatessen.

Pupils at the school have been encouraged to talk with teachers in small tutor groups. Norfolk County Council is also offering support with a specialist teacher and adviser available to speak with both pupils and staff.

Headteacher Rosemary Allen said: “This is an awful tragedy. Craig Waugh was a former pupil and Chloe Goose had been at the school for two years.

“Chloe was an incredibly popular girl. She was lively, sparky and friendly, and very loyal to her friends. She was a leader within her friendship group and very supportive of others. We are all going to miss her so much.

“Obviously everyone is distressed. There is a sense of shock and disbelief in the school at the moment. Students and staff are understandably very upset.

“We just all feel so very sad for the families of both Chloe and Craig. Myself, staff and the whole school community send them our deepest sympathies and support."

Norfolk police are still attempting to piece together the circumstances surrounding the deaths. They are keen to trace a red vehicle seen in the area before the collision and a witness walking their dog nearby at about 7.50pm, when the accident happened. Contact Central Area Road Policing on 0845 4564567.