20-year-old woman Emma Lancaster dies after car crashes into tree
A 20-YEAR-OLD woman from Looe has died after suffering serious injuries in a crash earlier this month.
Emma Lancaster was involved in a one-car crash near Lostwithiel on Monday, October 8.
She was flown to Derriford Hospital, where she died on Friday.
Her family have paid tribute to Emma in a statement issued by the police, they said: "Sadly, just less than three weeks after celebrating her 20th birthday, our family has been left devastated by the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter Emma Paige. This tragedy unfolded during very poor weather conditions, whilst Emma was driving to Truro College to collect her younger sister from an evening course.
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"Emma was a bright, vivacious, charismatic young lady. Socially she enjoyed a zest for life, with her natural smile and personality endearing to all. A keen music lover, as a family we were imminently due to enjoy a concert of her favourite rock band Muse.
"Attending Penpol Primary School in Hayle from 2000 to 2004, our work commitments resulted in a move to Looe (March 2004), an ironic twist being the origins and roots of her family. Emma loved her years at Looe Community School, successfully achieving her GCSEs before progressing to Truro College. Her college years continued her success, achieving three distinction grades in music, alongside a business studies A-level. Just on the cusp of an exciting future, a large national insurance company has recently successfully recruited her.
"We have been deeply touched by the support and kind words offered by so many people near and far, not only to ourselves but also to her younger sister Sophie Alice and younger brother Ollie. Reading the countless messages and personal tributes that have been posted on Facebook, these have given a very clear picture to us of how popular Emma was and have given us all a great deal of comfort.
"The accident happened at approximately 8.15pm on Monday 8 October where despite the valiant efforts of the intensive care team at Derriford, Emma sadly passed away peacefully on Friday 12 October. Our gratitude is endless to all emergency personnel who never gave up and allowed the family and close friends some very precious time."
The crash happened on the A390 Grenville Road, near Downend, Lostwithiel at 8.25pm when a green Fiat Punto crossed the carriageway, left the road and hit a tree.
Fifteen firefighters attended and several miles of the A390 were closed for 18 hours while a specialist forensic investigation of the scene took place.
Friends have taken to social media to leave their tributes.
Rachel Bee on Facebook said: "This world is such a messed up place.. it takes only the best of us.. life's truly genuine people.
"Emma Lancaster you were one of the nicest people I ever met, such a joyous person always smiling and that laugh of yours!!! can't believe this has happened... Rest in peace you gorgeous girl xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
Hannah Jolliff on Facebook said: "RIP Emma Lancaster, really can't believe it so many great memories from school like your amazing laugh, spraying each other with the taps in Mr. Matthews science lessons sleep tight you talented girl!xx"
Ellen-Daisy Gunter on Twitter said: "R.I.P. Emma Lancaster. Hope heaven treats you well. All my love.<3"
DomSaysHi on Twitter said: "RIP to Emma Lancaster taken from us at such a young age may you rest in the Isles of the Blessed <3"
Ayesha LintonWhittle on Twitter said: "my music partner throughout school and college passed away today. emma lancaster you wonderful woman <3"
The Serious Collision Investigation Unit would like to renew their appeal for witnesses to this incident to contact them on 101 quoting log number 752 of 8 October 2012.