Heartbroken family of girl, 16, killed in tree horror crash remember ‘special star’

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A devastated family has paid tribute to their “special little star” killed in a horror smash which claimed the lives of four young people.

Isabelle Floyd was killed in the crash alongside two other teenagers and a 21-year-old male driver on October 13.

As the police watchdog launches an investigation into the smash, the 16-year-old’s family have paid tribute to their “perfect girl”.

The teenager had just begun “a new chapter in her life” at college and had been looking forward to her life with “ambition” when she was killed as the car hit a tree in Kingswinford, West Midlands.

Isabelle was a rear seat passenger when the Skoda Fabia crashed in Bromley Lane in Dudley, near Birmingham.

Driver Joshua Parkes, 21, Lucy Tibbetts, 16 and front seat passenger Nathan Cartwright, 18, were also killed. Mr Cartwright passed away four days after the crash.

Another 16-year-old girl, also in the yellow Skoda Fabia at the time, remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Dudley College student Isabelle is the fourth victim to be named.

Her loved ones said: “Izzie was so perfect, such a kind, loving person.

“Her pretty face and tiny body with such a big full heart, her kind, crazy, cheeky ways and hearty laugh where just a tiny sprinkle of the magic and happiness we shared. “

Her family added she was “so loved, cherished and adored”, before her life was “tragically cut so short”.

“Izzie had never been happier and this gives us some small comfort, as she goes on her path to heaven in peace,” they said.

“We are all so devastated and heartbroken by her loss, and our lives will never be the same again.

“She will now live on in all our hearts and all the wonderful memories of all those who loved her so very much.”

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has now started an investigation into the crash, according to West Midlands Police.

The force said officers in a patrol car had seen the Skoda before the crash, but its vehicle was “not in the immediate vicinity” before the collision in Bromley Lane.

Police said the marked car was later transported from the scene “to ensure that all relevant diagnostic evidence could be recovered to assist the investigation, as is normal procedure”.

The mum of Lucy Tibbetts, 16, a rear seat passenger, paid tribute to as her “beautiful baby” and “inspiration”.

Mr Parkes’ friend, 18-year-old Mr Cartwright, died in hospital on Saturday, with his mother paying tribute to her “gorgeous boy”.

Joshua’s family said in a statement issued before Nathan’s death: “The whole family are devastated at the loss of lives and pray that those in hospital make a full recovery.

“Our thoughts are with the other families involved at this dreadful time.

“We would appreciate our privacy being respected whilst we come to terms with what has happened.”

Josh’s childhood friend Kane Allport previously told Mirror Online : “It is such a sad loss.

“We all used to play together as children.

“He was such a bubbly person and he was loving, he would have done anything for anybody who was in need of help.

“Such a short life lived, he will be missed by many.

“The world is so cruel, they will all be missed.

“You don’t expect to wake up to hear someone you’ve known for years and so young to be involved in something horrific.”

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Our specialist officers continue to support the families whose lives have been devastated by this tragic event.

“No words can express their grief and our thoughts remain with them at this painful time.”

Friends said how Joshua had left the road while overtaking another car before ploughing into the tree “at 90mph”.

They claimed he may have been racing another vehicle or was aware a police car was in the vicinity at the time.

Neighbours described how they ran out of their homes to perform CPR on the girls after they were flung from the wreckage.

Dozens of bouquets of flowers and balloons have been placed around the tree and family and friends have been visiting the site.

PC Chris Ridge, from the force’s collision investigation unit, previously said: “This is a devastating time for the families of those involved, and we have specially trained officers who are supporting them through this difficult time.

“The loss of these young lives is shocking and deeply upsetting for all involved.

“We’re still working through a number of lines of investigation as we try to understand what happened and why.”