A devastated family today paid tribute to their beautiful daughter who died in an horrific car crash the day after celebrating her ”outstanding” A-level results.
Stunning Charlotte Hecquet, 18, was killed when her Ford Focus careered off the road on a tight bend and slammed into a stone wall.
Paramedics battled to save the talented artist at the scene but she received fatal head injuries in the collision at Lansdown Road near Bath and died at the scene.
Just one day earlier Charlotte had celebrated picking up her ”outstanding” A-level results in art, English literature and politics from the city’s independent Kingswood School.
Her family paid tribute to the teen, who had planned to study art at university after holding a successful local exhibition.
In a joint statement they said: ”Charlotte was the most wonderful girl to have entered our lives.
”She has touched so many people’s lives and has left us all with beautiful memories that we will treasure forever.
”We know that Charlotte would have been overwhelmed and touched by the love and support she has received from her friends.
”Thank you all for being there for her.”
Charlotte, who lived with her family in Lansdown, had been planning a gap year travelling with friends before heading on to university to pursue art studies.
She had recently had her work exhibited at Bath’s notable Chapel Row Art Gallery.
Her headteacher at Kingswood Simon Morris said the teenager had had ”outstanding success” in her A-level results, which she had received only the day before she died.
Paying tribute he said: ”Charlotte was a wonderful young person who had just heard of her outstanding success at A-level. She had so much to look forward to.
”We are all in shock and our thoughts are with her family and friends at such a very difficult time.”
Charlotte’s Ford Focus careered off the road at 8:18pm on Friday night while she was negotiating a right-hand bend near Lansdown Golf Club.
The vehicle hit a tree and a stone wall, leaving Charlotte with fatal head injuries and while paramedics battled to save her she died at the scene.
Friends have created a Facebook tribute page which has so far garnered more than 300 members.
Friend Kate Kris Harding posted: ”Words cannot express how much you meant to me. My best friend, my partner in crime, you made everyday sparkle and without you life will never be the same.
”I could fill up thousands of pages reminiscing on all of our epic adventures and maybe one day I will but for now I want you to know this: I love you, I miss you and I hope you know how happy you made everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you.
”We will see each other again some day my angel, I’m sure of it.”