THIS is the smiling face of Laura Louise Salford, from Rotherham, before her life was cut short in a collision.
The 17-year-old Wingfield College student was driving a black Toyota Aygo in East Yorkshire, last Thursday, when she was involved in a fatal collision.
Two 17-year-old friends, Kim Wright and Anna Johnson, were also injured.
Laura’s car was in a collision with a van driven by a 32-year-old man, in Walkington, near Beverley, who was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
A police investigation into the collision has now been launched and an inquest into Laura’s death has been opened and adjourned while inquiries are carried out on behalf of the coroner in Hull.
Her grieving relatives, still trying to come to terms with their loss, have been too upset to talk about the crash.
On the day of the collision Laura’s friend Kim spoke about the girls’ ‘road trip’.
During the journey she updated her account to say the trio had stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast and detailed an incident they had on the motorway when Laura’s windscreen wiper blew off, which she described as an ‘awkward moment’.
Anna also wrote about the mechanical failure saying ‘Fixing Laura’s car! - always something that happens’.
She also posted a picture of the mechanic called out to repair the car.
Two days before the crash Laura posted on Twitter that she was due to go on holiday to Cyprus five days later.
She, too, spoke about the road trip and described herself as a ‘mint driver’.