Mia Craen sadly died when, on Saturday afternoon, her car hit a tree in Southwater, West Sussex.
Her brother paid homage to his “beautiful” sister who was killed as she “looked forward to new beginnings” in a car accident.
The family of a teenager who died in a crash in Sussex say she was always smiling and positive.
18-year-old Mia Craen from Horsham died when her Fiat 500 hit a tree on Worthing Road in Southwater on Saturday. Police are looking into how it happened. #HeartNewspic.twitter.com/cFbPPRj8H2
At around 12.30 pm on Saturday 30 January, the teen was driving her white Fiat 500 on the B2237 Worthing Road when she collided with a tree.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent tragic loss of one of our own local supporters – Mia Craen, who sadly passed away in a car accident aged just 18. Mia was a big Villa fan and in particular a huge lover of @JackGrealish.
On Facebook, Mia’s mom, Michelle Craen, posted an emotional statement expressing her gratitude to everyone who had sent support messages.
She was saying: “Thank you everyone. Mia was a beautiful, unique girl. She lit up every room she entered and will be missed so much. Thank you for all of you who have sent messages.
“I can’t reply to all of them as my heart is breaking. I do appreciate every single message you’ve all sent. Thank you.”
In a statement released by the Police of Sussex, her mother said, “Mia was a bright, shining star. Everyone who met her, even if they didn’t know her, loved her. She was constantly smiling, always positive and brought peace to everyone. She had an amazing zest for life and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was truly unique.
“We have been amazed by the amount of people who have contacted us about Mia. We want to thank them all for their lovely words. We haven’t been able to thank everyone. We’d also like to say thank you to the flowers, cards and offers of food, and to our church, Latitude, for their support and organisation of meals.
“Mia was born in Poole, Dorset, but she spent most of her life in Horsham. She was a goalkeeper at Horsham Hockey Club and was destined for great things – she won player of the season twice, despite only playing for them for two seasons. She also played for Sussex.
“Mia was also part of Horsham Triathlon Club, Atlantis Swimming Club and played for Sparrows Football Club when she was aged six to eight. She was a brilliant runner and enjoyed cycling.
“Mia went to Greenway Academy, Millais and Collyer’s, and also played football for Millais School.
“Her aspirations were to try her best, and to do everything with boundless optimism and positivity.
“Mia leaves behind myself, her dad Peter, and siblings Finlay and Jude. She has family all over the world.
“Mia’s zest for life makes me think I should get a band with ‘what would Mia do’ (WWMD), as she grabbed life with both hands. She never did anything half-heartedly. We know that getting used to Mia not being around is going to be hard.”
A spokesman for Sussex Police stated: “Police are urging anyone who saw the Fiat being driven in the area immediately before the collision – or anyone who may have captured what happened on dash cam – to email [email protected] quoting Operation Sunningdale.”
The mother of 18-year-old Mia Craen who died in a crash in Southwater on Saturday has paid tribute to a “bright shining star” who was “constantly smiling”. Sussex Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash which happened on the B2237 Worthing Road. pic.twitter.com/RlL0KJ05Ch