A young girl has died after being involved in a motorbike crash, with family and friends paying tribute to a “happy and bubbly young lady”.
The 17-year-old was fatally injured in a collision with a motorcycle she was riding as a passenger.
Mother Amanda Buchanan Hills posted a poignant photo of her daughter India on social media.
Her husband Lee Hills was among those paying tribute following her death yesterday.
He wrote on Facebook: “Heartbroken we had to say goodbye to our little Bubba today who was taken far too soon.
“She was involved in a serious accident as a passenger on a motorcycle on Friday night.
“Will be in my heart forever. i love you bubba RIP my beautiful angel.”
India died after crashing at Crockhurst Hill in Salvington, near Worthing, on Friday night.
A 25-year-old man who was driving the motorcycle was seriously injured.
Sam Byrne, India’s aunt, took to Facebook to pay tribute. She said: “It is with the deepest heart to say that our India, my niece, grew her wings today.
“We as a family have to deal with this, she had just turned 17.
“My sister and her children need all our strength. We’re all broken.”
She added: “Life just doesn’t seem real right now. Why? As?
“Ride up through those clouds to Nanna and your daddy, our beautiful girl.
“There are simply no words to express this pain. We love you, India, always and forever.”
A motorcycle helmet and several bouquets of flowers were left at the scene of the accident in Crockhurst Hill.
Poignant notes were also posted on a lamppost.
One said: “India. Rest in peace such a happy bubbly young lady. Loving You.”
Another read: “Rest in paradise beautiful. Shocked I’ll never talk to you. I missed you so much. Now you’ve joined the angels we won’t get to anymore. I love and miss you.”
India was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.
On Saturday, Sussex Police said their next of kin were being assisted by specially trained officers.
The force was asked for comment.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23142021.teenage-girl-dies-motorbike-incident-near-worthing/?ref=rss Teenage girl dies after motorbike crash near Worthing