The mum of one of the teenage victims of a horror car crash in Birmingham has paid tribute to her “beautiful baby”.
Lucy Tibbetts, 16, was killed along with two others when their car hit a tree in Kingswinford, near Dudley, on Tuesday night.
She was one of five young people travelling in the yellow Skoda Fabia.
Driver Joshua Parkes, 21, and another 16-year-old girl were also killed. Front seat passenger Nathan Cartwright, 18, and Isobel Ramsell, 16, are currently in a critical condition in hospital.
Lucy’s mum said in a statement provided by West Midlands Police: “Our beautiful baby has been taken from us.
“You were an inspiration Lulu, you made us smile when you yourself found it so hard to… not just a daughter, a true friend.
“Rest in peace, no-one can hurt you now.”
The investigation into the crash continues.
An air ambulance, critical care cars, three paramedic officers, an emergency doctor and six ambulances were sent to the scene on Bromley Lane at about 8:50pm on Tuesday.
A West Midlands Police vehicle had spotted the car shortly before the crash, but said it is not clear whether a pursuit took place.
The road was closed overnight and re-opened at around 5am yesterday, and flowers have been left at the scene of the fatal crash.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a car had hit a tree, with five patients involved.
“Sadly, it soon became clear nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Despite best efforts of staff, two teenage girls who were back seat passengers in the vehicle were also confirmed deceased at the scene.
“Our thoughts go out to the families of all those involved at this time.”
Sgt Dean Caswell, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic time for the families of those involved, and we have specially trained officers who will be supporting them through the difficult time ahead.
“The investigation is at a really early stage, and we’re trying to establish exactly what happened and why.
“I’d urge anyone who saw the Skoda driving in the area last night, or who may have captured anything on dash-cam footage, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, quoting log 4469 of 13 October.