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Kerrylee O'Leary-Staniford died when the car she was travelling in careered into a ditch (Wiltshire Police/PA)

Kerrylee O'Leary-Staniford died when the car she was travelling in careered into a ditch (Wiltshire Police/PA)

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Kerrylee O'Leary-Staniford died when the car she was travelling in careered into a ditch (Wiltshire Police/PA)

The parents of a 17-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash that also left her best friend dead and three young men fighting for their lives have paid tribute to their "beautiful" daughter.

Passenger Kerrylee O'Leary-Staniford, of Swindon, died in hospital following the collision on the A419 at around 5am on Saturday.

Her best friend, Shaya Rae Leigh, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene after the grey Renault Clio she was driving left the road and plunged into undergrowth 20 metres away.

Three other occupants of the vehicle, all men aged 20, remain in hospital after sustaining injuries when they were thrown from the car.

The tragedy occurred a week after Jack Savage, 20, died while a passenger in a Ford Fiesta that collided with a lorry on the A419, just a few miles away.

In a statement released through Wiltshire Police, Kerrylee's mother Helen Staniford, on behalf of her family, said her daughter was "adored".

She said: "My beautiful daughter was so good and ambitious, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. She worried a lot about herself and about things but this past year she found her happy medium and she had also found herself.

"Kerry was very close to her brothers Aaron and Declan and to her sister Natasha. She loved to entertain her nephews and they adored her. Kerry was studying travel and tourism at college, she loved to travel and as far as I am concerned she has now travelled with Shaya. I am going to carry on her legacy with her love for travelling.

"Kerry made her own choice to get into the car that evening and, unfortunately, it was the wrong choice, one which took her away from us. Kerry and Shaya were the best of friends. I hope they are happy and that they look after each other in their new place. "

Kerrylee's father, David O'Leary, said: "My darling Kerrylee you made me so proud, my heart is broke, Love you forever and ever. My beautiful daughter we will Love you and miss you forever. Dad, Helen and Boys." Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.