Thousands pay tribute to Natalia


HEARTFELT tributes from devastated friends and relatives of Pickering schoolgirl Natalia Wiley have continued to pour in.

The 15-year-old died on Saturday, after the car she was travelling in left the road and overturned on the A170 between Ebberston and Snainton.

Pupils at Lady Lumley’s school, where Natalia was a pupil, have been offered counselling and a special assembly has been held for her fellow year ten pupils.

Headteacher Richard Bramley said yesterday that he would remember Natalia as a lovely, lively and likeable girl.

He added: “She was a very popular student and she had many friends in the school.

“Natalia was also a very caring person and she always looked after the needs of other students.

“Her death at such a young age is a real tragedy. She will be missed by all the staff and students at the school.”

Groups set up in her memory on social networking site Facebook had already attracted well over 2,000 members yesterday.

Friends used the service to share their memories of Natalia.

Rachel Foster posted a poem she had written about Natalia, before writing: “RIP Natty, you were an amazing friend to everyone who knew you. Sleep well.”

Siân Parkin added: “I will always remember you bouncing around full of beans at Guides and athletics, making everyone around you just as happy and hyper as you were, with your infectious personality and mischievous grin.

“You were so full of life; I can’t begin to comprehend how devastating losing someone like you will be to those closest to you, and how lucky they are to have had someone as amazing and loveable as you in their lives.

“You could never be forgotten. Rest in peace Natty. xxxx”

Kellie Fields wrote: “Best friends since the age of 2, I love you babe.”

Lucy Leppington said: “My favourite girl in the world. Cousins forever.”

Natalia’s parents have also given their own tribute.

They described their daughter as a “beautiful, happy and confident” girl, and said she would be missed by everyone who knew her.

They also thanked people for their help and support and asked to be left to grieve in private.

Heartbroken friends and relatives have laid floral tributes and messages at the site of the fatal crash.

The 18-year-old man who was driving the blue Vauxhall Corsa in which Natalia was travelling escaped the accident with minor injuries.

He was arrested in connection with the collision after he was discharged from Scarborough Hospital on Sunday morning.

A 21-year-old driver of a white Ford Fiesta, which was driving in the company of the Corsa, has also been arrested. Police have said he is from Kirkbymoorside.

Both men have been released on bail as the police investigation into the circumstances of the tragedy continue.

Anyone with any information about the incident or who saw either car before the accident has been urged to contact the police immediately.

It occurred at 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.

Information can be passed to Traffic Constable Neil Campbell or Traffic Sergeant Dave Williamson, of the North Yorkshire Road Policing Group on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number NYP-08012011-0392.

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