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23 April 2015, 16:00
The family of a 18 year old woman killed when she was hit by a car in Milton Keynes say she was a "brightly burning light."
Justine Connolly suffered serious head and leg injuries after she was hit as she walked on Tattenhoe Street on Friday afternoon.
"Justine Nicole Connolly - April 21st 1997 - April 22nd 2015
"On Wednesday morning at 9.33am, the brightly burning light that was the life of Justine came to a despairingly premature end after a five day fight for life following a road traffic accident on Friday evening.
"Justine was the youngest child of four siblings leaving David, Katy and Jamie along with her parents Nick and Sue.
"Justine's passing will leave a huge hole in the lives of all lucky enough to have known her. To her family and friends alike, she will be remembered for her wit, intelligence and enthusiasm for everything she set her mind to. If we are wise, we will carry what Justine taught us about ourselves for the rest of our lives too.
"She was a beautiful girl both inside and out with a heart big enough to make anybody feel that they were her most important person. Justine had been offered places at university and was expecting to join her brother Jamie in Bournemouth in September where she was going to study Media. True to form, Justine had decided years ago that she wanted to make documentary films and she had a plan to do it; even her place at Milton Keynes College where she was currently studying, was arranged before informing her parents!
"In time we all hope and pray that the loss we feel today will somehow be filled with the gratitude that she was in our lives for eighteen years.
"She would want us to thank everybody that tried to help her cling to life from the first response ambulance, police, helicopter team, and all the staff in the A&E, Adult ITU and Neuro ITU at the JRI Hospital in Oxford.
"God bless you Justine."