Relatives and friends pay tribute to beautiful Emma
THE devastated family of a 20-year-old who died following a car crash have paid tribute to a "beautiful and charismatic" woman.
Emma Lancaster, pictured right, of Looe, suffered serious injuries when her car collided with a tree near Lostwithiel on October 8.
She was flown by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital, where she lost her fight for life on Friday.
Her family, in a statement, said the tragedy unfolded during poor weather conditions, while she was driving to Truro College to collect her younger sister from an evening course.
The family 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.
"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."
Miss Lancaster attended Penpol Primary School in Hayle from 2000 to 2004 before the family moved to Looe.
She recently attended Truro College, where she achieved three distinction grades in music, alongside a business studies A-level.
Her family said she was "on the cusp of an exciting future" as she had been recruited by a large national insurance company.
The statement added: "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."
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 xxxxxxxxxxxxx"
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"
The single-vehicle crash happened on the A390 Grenville Road, near Downend, Lostwithiel at 8.25pm.
Miss Lancaster's green Fiat Punto crossed the carriageway, left the road and collided with a tree.
Firefighters cut her free.
Former Lostwithiel mayor, Dave Robson, has described the section of the A390 as a "bad road".
He said he has been pushing Cornwall Council's Highways department for at least 18 months to reduce the speed limit and install better signage.
Mr Robson said drivers face a short time frame to reduce their speed from 60mph to 40mph along the road.
Cornwall Council said that CORMAC Solutions, who provide its highway management function, said it will "examine the results of the joint inquiry being carried out with the police into possible contributory factors".