MOVING tributes have been paid to the schoolgirl who tragically died in a car accident on a main road to Scarborough.
Natalia Wiley, 15, who was known to her friends as Natyy, was killed after a car she was travelling in as a passenger overturned on the A170 between Ebberston and Snainton on Saturday.
Floral tributes were yesterday being left by friends and relatives at the scene of the fatal crash.
In a statement, Natalia’s family said: “We are grieving the tragic loss of our beautiful, happy, confident daughter. She will be missed by all that knew her.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their help and support at this difficult time. We would like to have the time to grieve the loss of Natalia in private.”
In a message left alongside the A170, a friend wrote: “I can’t believe the world can be so cruel.
“The pain I’m feeling inside will never go away. I know your star will shine the brightest and I hope you will be looking down on me every minute of every day.
“I love you beautiful, forever and always.”
Another person simply wrote: “Rest in peace, Love.” Natalia, who was from Pickering and attended Lady Lumley’s school, was 15 years old rather than 16, contrary to initial police reports.
An 18-year-old man, who was driving the blue Vauxhall Corsa which crashed, was arrested in connection with the incident after he was treated for minor injuries at Scarborough Hospital.
The 21-year-old driver of a white Ford Fiesta, which was travelling in the Corsa’s company, was arrested at the scene. The 18-year-old is from Pickering and the 21-year-old is from Kirkbymoorside. Both were bailed as investigations into the circumstances of the incident that caused Natalia’s death continue.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them as a matter of urgency.
Traffic Sergeant Neil Campbell, of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group, said: “It is vital to the investigation that anyone who witnessed the collision gets in touch with the police immediately.
“I am particularly interested in speaking to anyone who saw the blue Vauxhall Corsa prior to the collision or a white Ford Fiesta which was travelling in company with it.”
The tragedy occurred at around 6.30pm on Saturday, a quarter of a mile from Chris Hodgson’s Car Showroom, near Welldale Farm, just before the junction of the B1258 to Yedingham.
Emergency services stayed at the scene until midnight.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Traffic Sergeant Neil Campbell or Traffic Constable Dave Williamson, of the Road Policing Group on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number NYP-08012011-0392.