THE family of a Wigan teenager has paid an emotional tribute to their “beautiful” daughter after she was killed in a head-on motorcycle crash.
Charlotte Melling was travelling along Park Road, away from Wigan town centre, on a white Yamaha bike shortly before 8.25pm on Monday evening when she was in collision with a gold Vauxhall Agila coming in the opposite direction.
Emergency services were called to the scene, near to the junction with Park Crescent, and the 18-year-old was taken to Wigan Infirmary. Despite medics’ attempts to revive her she was pronounced dead at 3.30am.
The driver of the car, a 49-year-old woman, was not injured in the crash.
Her family has today described their daughter as someone who “would never fail to light up any room.”
In a statement released through the police, they said: “Our beautiful daughter Charlotte, born 29 November 1995, was such a happy child, a tomboy who loved fishing, bmxing and being with her friends.
“She went to St Catherine’s School in Scholes and then onto Rose Bridge High, where she was loved by pupils and teachers alike. Charlotte studied childcare at Wigan and Leigh College and last September gained an apprenticeship at Truly Scrumptious in Aspull, where she was very happy.
“Charlotte worshipped her family, her mum, her dad, her brothers Logan and Lucas and her sister Jessica, her grandparents and her nephew Freddie.
“She recently met her boyfriend Lewis and had some wonderful times with him and their friends. Charlotte bought her bike in March, a dream she had had from a young age. Charlotte will be remembered for her amazing smile and her cheeky ways that would never fail to light up any room.”
Within hours of the teen’s tragic death, a memorial page had been set up on Facebook.
Described as an “angel”, Charlotte’s former school, Rose Bridge, also told how she wanted to go on to work with young children.
One of the posts on the page set up in her memory, left by Ollie Rooney, said: “RIP beautiful. They always say the best get taken first but he’s gained a perfect little angel up there. Sleep tight. Beautiful thoughts are with all your close friends and family. Love you.”
Chloe Prescott wrote: “Such a beautiful young lady got taken away just like that. You’re beautiful inside and out. RIP Charlotte xxxx”
A spokesman at Rose Bridge High, said: “Charlotte left Rose Bridge High School in the summer of 2012 with a desire to have a career working with young children.
“She was an extremely polite and pleasant member of the school community. She was often described by staff and her peers as a kind, considerate and warm-hearted individual who would go out of her way to help others.
“Charlotte’s enthusiasm for school saw her become actively involved in a wide range of activities; she was an extremely good role model for the younger students, often giving up her own time to help nurture others.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”
Residents close to where the accident happened have since spoken of their shock and say they have previously voiced their concerns about the bend outside Mesnes Park.
Park Crescent resident Jack Davies said that there have been a number of accidents near the junction and he has brought this up with police in the past.
Former Wigan MP Neil Turner, who lives nearby, said he would be raising the issue at this week’s Labour Party branch meeting, possibly with a view to introducing new traffic-calming measures there.
It should be stressed however that there has been no suggestion from police to date that speed was in any way involved in the incident.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Police Constable Paul Hailwood said: “Our thoughts remain with Charlotte’s family, who have understandably been left devastated.
“We have officers supporting them as best we can at this difficult time and are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the full facts.
“If anyone witnessed the collision, or if you have any information that may assist our investigation, please contact officers at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit directly on 0161 856 4741 or 4742.”