Tributes have been paid to a teenage girl who died after being hit by a car just yards from her home.
Justine Nicole Connolly spent five days in an induced coma with serious head injuries following the incidident in Medbourne on Friday. She died yesterday morning - a day after her 18th birthday.
Her parents Nick and Sue spoke exclusively to the Citizen yesterday, to pay tribute to their “intelligent, witty and adorable” daughter.
In a statement to the media this morning, they said: “On Wednesday morning at 9.33am, the brightly burning light that was the life of Justine came to a despairingly premature end.
“Justine’s passing will leave a huge hole in the lives of all lucky enough to have known her.
“To her family and friends alike, she will be remembered for her wit, intelligence and enthusiasm for everything she set her mind to.
“In time we all hope and pray that the loss we feel today will somehow be filled with the gratitude that she was in our lives for eighteen years.”Justine’s parents Nick and Sue
“If we are wise, we will carry what Justine taught us about ourselves for the rest of our lives too.”
Justine was the youngest child of four siblings leaving David, Katy and Jamie along with her parents.
Justine, who was studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production at MK College, had just been given an unconditional offer from Bournemouth University.
She had always dreamed of making documentary films and was looking forward to making this a reality in future.
Nick and Sue added: “Justine was a beautiful girl both inside and out with a heart big enough to make anybody feel that they were her most important person.
“In time we all hope and pray that the loss we feel today will somehow be filled with the gratitude that she was in our lives for eighteen years.
“She would want us to thank everybody that tried to help her cling to life from the first response ambulance, police, helicopter team, and all the staff in the A&E, Adult ITU and Neuro ITU at the JRI Hospital in Oxford.
“God bless you Justine”