A 'beautiful angel'... tributes to Bangor car crash teen Brooke Jackson who passed away
The heartbroken friends of a Bangor teenager who died after a car crash have paid tribute to their "beautiful angel".
The PSNI confirmed yesterday that Brooke Jackson (19) died of a result of injuries sustained in an early-morning crash in the Ballycrochan Road on June 16.
She had been driving a Grand Punto at around 3.30am at the time of the single-vehicle crash in which three other teenagers were also injured.
The young woman was the 24th person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year, two more than at the same time last year.
It's understood another of the passengers received serious injuries.
Funeral details have yet to be announced and the family has asked for privacy at this time.
Friends were quick to express their condolences yesterday on social media to the former Priory Integrated College pupil.
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One poignant message from a close friend read: "I am heartbroken and numb from hearing of the passing of my best friend Brooke Jackson.
"Words can't describe the pain and heartache I feel, not only did you help me through tough times Brooke, you always were there for me and were the best friend I could have ever asked for.
"You guided me through sixth form and always kept in touch when I moved to England for university."
The message continued: "I'll never forget your laugh, our so similar humour, your rants and your voice notes will always be cherished by me. I will never ever forget you, I'll never forget our memories and you will always be a piece of me. Rest easy my beautiful friend, I love you so much."
Another wrote: "I cannot believe I'm writing this but RIP Brooke, you where such a beautiful angel.
"I love you so much, can't believe my closest friend since we were kids running up and down Abbey Mount together grew her wings today."
A third friend said: "Rest in peace Brooke, can't express how heartbroken I am and how much I will miss you.
"Will always remember the memories we had and all the time we spent together, my thoughts go out towards the family during this very hard time, love you always beautiful."
Ulster Unionist councillor for Bangor Mark Brooks said the death was a tragedy for the local community.
He said: "The fact that the accident happened on Father's Day brought it home to everyone how important family is. She was such a young girl and it really is devastating."
Mr Brooks has also called for improved safety measures on the Ballycrochan Road.
"It's a very dangerous part of the road.
"One part of it is in a very developed area and the other part leads into the A2 in Newtownards.
"I think this is where the problem is, it's not lit very well and there have been a couple of accidents before.
"As far as I'm aware this is the first fatality.
"There's certainly a sense of shock in Bangor.
"From a practical point of view I certainly will be asking Roads Service for much better signage on that part of the road, that would be especially important at night."
Priory Integrated College have yet to comment further.
However, the school offered its support to the family, friends and current pupils at the time of the crash.