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Tributes paid to daughter after fatal crash in Dudley

A teenager who died when the car she was a passenger in hit a wall in Dudley was described by her family as a ‘beautiful princess’ today. 

Charlie Leigh Burgoyne, 17, died at the scene in Tansey Green Road, Pensnett, despite the best efforts of emergency services.

Charlie Leigh Burgoyne
Charlie Leigh Burgoyne

It happened in the early hours of Thursday, and her family continue to be supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

Charlie’s mother, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “Sadly it is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the tragic loss of my daughter. 

“Charlie Leigh Burgoyne tragically passed away in the early hours of Thursday 23rd May, 2019.

“My family and I are totally shocked and devastated at the loss of our beautiful princess.  

“Charlie was my life; she was beautiful right to her core. She is loved deeply by all of her family and friends. Charlie was a popular girl and there are people out there that truly cared for her. 

“Charlie was only 17 and may have been looked upon as a girl but I know that my daughter was heading to become a wonderful lady with a beautiful soul, such a strong character with a strong head on those shoulders.”

Manny Kelay, Principal at Thorns Collegiate Academy, where Charlie was a student, said: “The loss of a young life is always a tragedy and the academy community feels it deeply. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with Charlie’s family at this sad time. 
 
"Charlie was a warm, caring student, who made strong and lasting relationships within the academy. Many staff and students remember her fondly, and she will be much missed.”

Arthur Pinches, 27, of High Oak in Brierley Hill, appeared at Dudley Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Friday) charged with causing death by dangerous driving and dangerous driving. 

He was remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Wolverhampton Crown Court in June.

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