Rhiannon will always be our very own princess, says father of Bath woman killed on M4 motorway
Friends and family have been remembering a “beautiful girl” who died in a motorway accident at the weekend.
Former City of Bath College student Rhiannon Priestley was killed in an incident on the M4 in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 20-year-old was known by friends and her family as Rhi, and more than 120 people have joined a Facebook group in her memory.
Rhiannon, who had two sisters, Lauren and Lucy, and a brother Aaron, and two nephews, lived with her parents Will and Sally in Batheaston.
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Her father said: “She was a beautiful daughter, a beautiful girl.
“Everyone you speak to says she was their best friend. She would go out of her way to help anyone she met. She was so kind and thoughtful.”
Mr Priestley said Rhiannon often gave to charity and had loved spending time with her nephews, Fynnley (cor) and Alfie.
He added: “Her face and her smile lit up a room. She will always be our very own princess.”
Former Bathampton Primary and Ralph Allen pupil Rhiannon died after her car left the carriageway of the motorway at around 1am on Sunday.
The fashion lover worked at the Radley store in Bath and at the George and Dragon pub in Batheaston.
Vee Johnson, deputy head at Bathampton, taught her for two years and said she had fond memories of Rhiannon.
She said: “She was a lovely, smiling, fun-natured girl. I was just so shocked when I heard the news, it is absolutely devastating.
“I taught all the Priestley children and they had such wonderfully supportive parents, just a lovely family.
“On behalf of the school I would like to offer our condolences to the whole family and let them know that our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.”
Rhiannon had been a travel and tourism student at the city centre college between 2008 and 2010.
A statement from the college said she was “remembered by many staff who had the pleasure of teaching her”.
It added: “Our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences are with Rhiannon’s family at this distressing and difficult time.”
Ralph Allen head teacher Libby Lee said: “We are very sad for the family and it is a tragedy to lose a young person.”
A spokeswoman for Radley said: “Radley are currently focusing on how they can support Rhiannon’s family and colleagues through this incredibly sad and tragic time.”
Rhiannon had been leaving the motorway at junction 19 when her car left the carriageway.
Police say that she left her vehicle and was then hit by a number of passing cars. She died at the scene.
The motorway was closed for several hours while police dealt with the incident.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 1am, to contact them on 101.