‘Amazing and wonderful’ teenager who died in car crash ‘had world in her hands’

An “amazing” teenager tragically killed in a horror car crash “had the world in her hands”, her family have said in a moving tribute.

Bethany Michelle Ovenden-Gumm, 18, was a passenger in a Ford Fiesta which crashed into a wall in Westbury, Wiltshire on Friday.

Three other occupants – the driver, 19, a woman, 18, and a girl, 17 – were also injured and rushed to nearby hospitals.

Bethany was sadly pronounced dead at the scene on The Mead, sparking an outpouring of grief online.

Her family have now paid tribute in a statement released by Wiltshire Police.

They said that Bethany was “someone who loved dancing, funky make up, social media and having a laugh with her family and friends”.

And the tribute added: “What can we say about Bethany?

“All parents will say their children were amazing and beautiful, and that their loss is the hardest thing to ever have to face.

“But Beth was truly amazing, gorgeous and so talented.

“Our Beth had the most beautiful smile that lit up any room. 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. Be it her smile, her laugh or just the way she was. She was honestly so perfect.

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

“She had a loudness about her and was just the sweetest thing. We couldn’t have had it any better.

“She lifted everyone’s mood when they were down, she just had that about her and we will always try and keep what she had.

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

“She was truly loved by all. Fly high, our beautiful butterfly.”

Bethany’s family said they would like to thank those who were first at the scene of the collision and the emergency services.

The teenager leaves behind her mother Tracie, her father Ben, stepmother Dawny and siblings Charlie, Tom, Cam, JJ, Imogen, Paige, Louis and Grace, the statement added.

Wiltshire Police said previously that the silver vehicle involved appeared to have lost control, left the road and collided with a garden wall and tree at around 11.40pm.

An investigation has been opened, the force said.