Girl, 15, killed in Cardiff car crash with ‘beautiful smile’ | UK News
Tributes were paid to a 15-year-old girl with a “beautiful smile that would light up a room” after she died in a car crash in Cardiff.
Keely Morgan was struck by a vehicle in Heol Trelai, Caerau, west of the city, just after 9.30pm on Monday and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing the death by dangerous driving and the investigation is ongoing, South Wales Police (SWP) said.
In a joint statement, the teen’s mother, Sian Morgan, and stepfather, Liam Coulthard, said they were “devastated at the sudden loss of Keely,” who will “never be forgotten.”
They said: “Our hearts are broken and we never thought something like this would ever happen to us.
“Keely always had such a beautiful smile that would light up a room.
“She was sensible, kind and no one ever said a bad word about her.
“In such a short time on this world she had touched so many people and she had so many plans that have now been so cruelly dashed.”
Ms Morgan and Mr Coulthard said they were “overwhelmed by the love and support from our community” and thanked people for their support.
“Finally, once again as a family, we are grateful to everyone at the crime scene who tried to help Keely and to all the emergency services who did their best, for your efforts,” they added.
“Rest in peace Keely. You will never be forgotten.’
Cardiff West Community High School Principal Martin Hulland said his students and staff were “absolutely devastated to learn of the tragic death of Year 10’s Keely Morgan”.
Mr Hulland hailed her as “an exceptional pupil who loved school” and said: “We will all miss her terribly”.
In a statement, he said: “There was an enormous sense of shock and sadness when we received the terrible news yesterday.
“Keely was an exceptional student who loved school.
“She was a good friend to many students and had a real passion for theatre.
“Her family was extremely supportive of the school.
“Keely demonstrated a high level of resilience to overcome serious health issues and was an excellent role model for so many.
“She was described as a ‘total star’ by her year leader and we will all miss her terribly.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends and we will do everything we can to offer their care and support during this incredibly difficult time.”
The force said the incident involved Ms Morgan, who was a pedestrian, and a black Vauxhall Astra.
Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage of the incident, or of Ms Morgan or the car prior to the collision are asked to contact police with reference *140268.
Ms Morgan’s family are said to be supported by a family liaison officer and have asked to process their grief privately.
A spokesman for the SWP said: “Our thoughts remain with Keely’s family at this time.”
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