Kirsty Bowen's family: She was the happiest bubbliest person – she just made everyone happy
The family of a teenager who died in a car crash just two days after her 18th birthday say she was the “happiest, bubbliest” person they knew.
Student Kirsty Bowen was killed in the early hours of Saturday when the Peugeot 205 she was driving collided with a parked car in Weston and overturned.
Mum Sharon, 48, who had organised a birthday party at the family home on Friday night, said: “It just hasn’t sunk it. She was my soulmate, she was my friend, she helped me through difficult times, she was my baby.
“I keep thinking she’s going to come home for her tea.”
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Dad Mark, 49, said: “She was always smiling, never sad. She would help anyone. If anyone was in need she would be there.”
Two of her friends suffered minor injuries in the crash which happened at 2am on Crown Road. They were taken to the Royal United Hospital for treatment but have since been discharged.
A sea of flowers, cards, pictures and teddy bears have been placed at the scene and tributes have been posted on Facebook and Twitter.
More than 200 people gathered on Sunday night at The Oval, where Kirsty lived with her parents, and lit Chinese lanterns in her memory.
In tribute to his sister, Kirsty’s elder brother Gareth, 25, has had a tattoo with her name drawn on his arm.
Bath football team AFC Durbin United cancelled their game scheduled for Saturday afternoon out of respect for the teenager.
Kirsty, who had two brothers, Gareth and Thomas, and a sister Lynette, was a former pupil at Hayesfield School and had just started the second year of a health and social care course at the City of Bath College.
Mrs Bowen said her daughter, who had been driving to see her boyfriend Perry Stroud, 22, when the crash happened, dreamed of going to university and becoming a midwife. Earlier this summer, the student had been at the birth of her nephew Carter.
Mrs Bowen said: “She was a good girl – she had her ups and downs but all kids do. She was the life and soul of the party. Every photo of her, she is smiling.
“She was the most happiest bubbliest person – she just made everyone happy.”
Mrs Bowen added that Kirsty had overcome a lot for someone so young after almost dying as a baby during childbirth, and being knocked down by a drink-driver in the city centre when she was nine years old.
Mr and Mrs Bowen said they wanted to thank the community for its support since Kirsty’s death. They also thanked the emergency services for their efforts, especially police family liaison officer Kevin Westlake.
Mrs Bowen said: “I also want to thank a nurse who helped. She lived near the scene. By the time the paramedics got there, there was nothing they could do but I’d like to thank that nurse who did her best. Kirsty would have liked knowing there was someone with her.”
The college said students and staff were saddened by Kirsty’s death.
The college said: “She will be fondly remembered by all those here who knew her.
“Our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences are with Kirsty’s family at this distressing and difficult time.”
A statement from Hayesfield School said: “The staff at Hayesfield are devastated to hear of the untimely death of Kirsty. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.”
Her funeral is being held at Haycombe Cemetery at 3.30pm next Thursday, when friends will be wearing pink sweatshirts printed with photographs of the teenager.