Tributes To Teenager Killed In Crash

A 16-year-old girl has died from her injuries after a crash in Colchester on Monday.

Cassie McCord became trapped between a car and shop wall in Head Street after the driver lost control and mounted the pavement.

The teenager from Drury Road was treated at Queens Hospital, Romford but the family were told the next day that all signs of brain activity had ceased.

Her parents remained with her and she continued to be linked to a life support machine and the possibility of organ donation was considered but the life support has now been switched off.

Cassie leaves behind her mother Jackie, father Graham, and her brother Sam, as well as Jackie's partner John.

Mum Jackie said, "She loved her family, and spending time with them, particularly with her boyfriend Dan, brother Sam, and her cousin Eleanor. We have many happy memories from family holidays which she loved so much."

"She seemed to be able to do anything she put her mind to. Her family and friends will so desperately miss her."

Her family have found some comfort in the fact that the lives of others will have been improved by Cassie's wish to be an organ donor.

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In 2006 she moved with her mother to Colchester where she went to The Gilberd School.

Last September she commenced studies at Colchester Sixth Form College where she was studying her AS levels in Law, Geography, Sociology, Communication and Culture, and Citizenship.

She was hoping to go on to university although was undecided on a career path.

She has been described by her mother Jackie as a typical 16-year-old girl who loved fashion and shopping.

She was very happy to work at Marks and Spencer from October and through the Christmas period last year to earn some money for this purpose.

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The 87-year-old car driver, who it's thought may have fallen ill at the wheel moments before the crash, remains in hospital.

Two other girls hurt in the crash were treated for their injuries and released.

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to the crash and for anyone who may have seen the red Vauxhall Astra being driven immediately before.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit of Essex Police on 0300 333 4444.

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