TRIBUTES have been paid to a tragic teenager who died from serious injuries following an horrific road smash.
Rose Bridge High School pupil Elise Kelly, 16, lost her battle for life in hospital having been a passenger in a blue BMW which collided with a bollard and a garden wall in Lower Ince in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Her family were too upset to speak to the media today and asked to be left alone to grieve, but Wiganers flocked to share their sadness and to pay their respects to Elise.
Rose Bridge High School said it is setting up a book of remembrance for staff and pupils to leave messages.
A Facebook page set up in her memory had attracted more than 3,300 likes by yesterday morning and asked those who knew her to share their memories.
Angie Greenall wrote: “You and your sister were always together. You spent many a time at my house with Lydia when you were younger.
Such a lovely young girl who was blossoming into a beautiful young lady. So very sad to hear of your passing. Taken so tragically from the heart of your family. Rest in peace sweet angel xxAngie Greenall
“Such a lovely young girl who was blossoming into a beautiful young lady. So very sad to hear of your passing. Taken so tragically from the heart of your family. Rest in peace sweet angel xx.”
Carla Hannan wrote: “It’s so sad taken so young touched all of our hearts.”
The 17-year-old boy who was driving the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and has now been released on bail pending further inquiries.
The incident also triggered a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) due to an earlier police contact with the BMW.
An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC is independently investigating police actions shortly prior to a serious road traffic collision in Wigan on March 7.
“Police were present at a Texaco petrol station on Warrington Road in Platt Bridge at the same time as a blue BMW 323i. Soon after, at around 3.30am, the BMW collided with a bollard and garden wall further along Warrington Road towards Wigan.
“The IPCC is looking into what police actions were undertaken prior to the accident occurring.”