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The family of a 10-year-old girl who died in a crash on the Isle of Wight, and the school she went to have released tributes to her.
Evey Rose Staley was a passenger in a Subaru Jesty which was involved in a collision with a Ford Puma on the A3020 Cowes Road in Newport at around 8.30pm on Friday, August 24th.
Evey's parents, a 44-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, also suffered life-threatening injuries and are both in a serious condition in hospital.
The driver of the Ford Puma, a 30-year–old man from Sandown, was arrested at the scene. He also suffered serious injuries and is currently receiving treatment at St Mary’s Hospital.
Police want to speak to the driver of a Red Ford Fiesta who may have seen the Ford Puma just before the crash happened - they say the Fiesta wasn't involved in the collision.
Evey's family have released the following tribute:
"Evey was a popular and strong-willed young girl. She had a happy, bubbly nature and an infectious smile. Her loveable and cheeky personality made her adored by everyone she met.
"Evey’s quirky sense of humour kept us all laughing and her passion for baking meant we were never short of homemade treats.
"Evey, being the young lady she was, loved shopping, fashion and more importantly chocolate!
"She had had many interests which included history (The Tudors, Victorians and the Romans) and netball where she was working hard to make this year’s school team.
"Evey particularly loved crime investigation programmes which inspired her to want to become a police officer.
"This tragedy should never have happened to our beautiful Evey Rose who at ten years old still had so much more to give.
"The entire family are deeply shocked and hurt at this devastating time. We would like to thank everyone in the Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital for all they did for Evey and to the Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital for all they continue to do for Evey’s mum and dad, Neal and Penny. They have been incredible.
"We would also like to thank our dear friends, neighbours and other members of the public for their amazing support.
"Goodnight darling, sleep tight. xx"
Tribute from the Head of Ryde Junior School, Mr Howard Edwards:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Evey’s family at this sad time. We cannot begin to imagine their pain and suffering.
"Evey was a delightful and popular girl, with a very wide circle of friends. She was always kind and most considerate of others, with a bright, friendly smile on her face. Evey was a lovely girl; she was supportive of all members of the school community both in the Junior School and in the boarding house.
"If you had ever been fortunate to have met or got to know Evey you would know why she was so popular with both her peers and teachers alike.
"Evey enjoyed life to the full and with her endearing smile, contributed so much to our school. She was well organised, worked hard and was a most able pupil. In her end of year exams Evey’s marks were outstanding and she had a bright future ahead of her.
"Evey not only worked hard but she enjoyed all the other aspects of school life, particularly sports.
"We have been blessed to have had Evey in our school and she will be greatly missed by all."
Tribute from the Head of Boarding, Miss Ann Sutton:
"It is with immense sadness that we learned of Evey's tragic death.
"As our youngest boarder, Evey was always such a vibrant, lively and popular young lady who will be greatly missed by each and every member of our close-knit boarding community.
"Evey will always be remembered for her fun loving character, comical sense of humour, enquiring mind and boundless energy, which together with her infectious giggle, radiated a wonderful presence throughout the boarding house.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Evey's family and friends. Our special thoughts are with Evey's elder sister, Ellie, at this extremely difficult time."