Friend’s heartfelt tribute to Bangor crash victim
A heartbroken friend of a young woman who died from injuries sustained in a car crash has paid a moving tribute.
Brooke Jackson (19) was among four teenagers taken to hospital after the accident on Bangor's Ballycrochan Road in the early hours of June 16.
Police confirmed on Thursday that Brooke, who was the driver, had died as a result of her injuries.
The young woman was the 24th person to die on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.
Brooke's close friend Emilee Carr - who was in the crash which took her friend's life - took to social media yesterday to share her grief about the loss of the best friend who, she said, "was like a sister" to her.
"Seeing you lie across my leg in the crash absolutely broke my heart and having to let you go is something that is going to break me," she wrote on her Facebook page.
"Calling you my best friend is an understatement. You were like a sister to me and like a daughter to my parents."
Brooke had been in a critical condition following the crash, in which three other teenagers were injured.
Emilee, from Bangor, wrote movingly of her vigil at Brooke's hospital bedside after the crash.
She added: "I will miss you every day and even though I've been seeing you nearly every day since the crash I really hope you knew I was there holding your hand every chance I got, kissing your head and telling you how much you meant to me.
"I was there with you every step of the way before the crash, during the crash and after the crash because that's what best friends sdo.
"Everything we did and said to each other will forever be in my heart and I will never ever forget you because you made a difference to my whole life for the better.
"Letting you go is going to be the most difficult thing I have ever experienced because no one can replace you and replace what we had.
"It's hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.
"Accepting that you are gone is so difficult but heaven is beautiful and I know that because they have you.
"Rest in peace my beautiful best friend and soulmate."