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Tribute to “shining star” Annie Kingdon after tragic Minehead crash

A PORLOCK teenager tragically killed in a crash on the A39 has been remembered as a “shining star” by her family.

Annie Kingdon sadly passed away after an incident near Minehead at around 7pm on Wednesday, January 31.

The 16-year-old was a passenger in a vehicle and passed away at the scene, despite the efforts of emergency services.

“Words cannot measure the devastation that we feel at the passing of our beautiful daughter and sister, Annaleah Grace (Annie),” her family said.

“She embodied the world of everyone she knew with her infectious smile and her confidence to embrace life without a filter.

“Annie was kind, loving, loyal and caring and she made all of our lives so much brighter. Annie was loved by anyone who knew her and she is enormously missed by us all already.”

They also thanked everyone who had paid tribute to the youngster.

“We, her family, want to express our thanks to so many people for the outpouring of love and support which is embracing and comforting us all during this terrible time,” they added.

“Rest in peace our shining star, we will love and miss you forever.”

Three people – an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and a 45-year-old man – were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The two teenagers were additionally arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs.

The 19-year-old man has since been released without charge.

The 18-year-old and 45-year-old men have both been released under investigation.

Anyone with dashcam footage, or information which could help Avon & Somerset Police’s investigation, should call 101 and quote reference 5224027108.

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