'Gorgeous' girl, 18, who 'had the world in her hands' killed in crash as family pay heartbreaking tribute

THE heartbroken family of a "gorgeous" teenage girl killed in a horror crash said she "had the world in her hands".

Bethany Michelle Ovenden Gumm, 18, died when the Ford Fiesta she was in lost control and ploughed into a garden wall in Westbury, Wiltshire, on Friday night.

She died at the scene of the collision, which saw three other teenagers travelling in the car rushed to hospital.

A 19-year-old male driver was seriously injured, with an 18-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl who were passengers suffering significant injuries, police said.

Bethany leaves behind her mum Tracie, her dad Ben, stepmother Dawny and siblings Charlie, Tom, Cam, JJ, Imogen, Paige, Louis and Grace.

Her grief-stricken family paid tribute to the "truly amazing, gorgeous and so talented" 18-year-old who "had the most beautiful smile".


In a statement released through police, Bethany's family said: "She was the life and soul of the party, with a big heart and kind soul.

"Outgoing and caring, her amazing self-taught beauty and hair techniques were perfection and her eyebrows on point.

"She had the world in her hands.

"She was and will always be a free spirit. She had a way about her that touched so many hearts.

She has left a massive hole in our hearts. Life will never be the same without her in it

"She was honestly so perfect. She was so strong-minded, so powerful with her confidence and her bright colours will stay with us forever."

Bethany had grown up in Westbury and had attended Trowbridge College to study childcare.

Her death had "left a massive hole in our hearts", her family said.

They thanked emergency services and people who attended the scene of the collision to try and help.

The silver Ford Fiesta had been travelling along The Mead in Westbury towards the roundabout with the A350

Police said the driver and an 18-year-old girl injured in the crash were taken to Southmead Hospital.

A 17-year-old girl was taken to Royal United Hospitals in Bath.

Wiltshire Police Inspector Andrew Lemon offered his "sincere condolences" to Bethany's family and friends.

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