College students and staff have been left “devastated” by the death of a teenage girl who lost her life when a car she was in struck a tree.
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Hunter was killed when the Seat Leon she was travelling in came off the road and crashed on Chevet Lane, in Notton, Wakefield, on Tuesday night.
Today Hannah’s colleagues and tutors at Hemsworth Arts and Community College were continuing to try to come to terms with her death.
Principal Pam Massett said: “Obviously everybody is devastated. She was a well-liked, popular girl and the staff who worked with her are very upset by the news.
“We have a team of student mentors and liaison officers who are helping our students to deal with this.”
Mrs Massett said Hannah, who was from Wakefield, had performed particularly well on a hairdressing course at college.
“She had a real flair for that and her tutor spoke of her very highly,” she said.
Hannah was due to receive an award for excellence following a period on work experience at Havercroft Skills Centre at a ceremony tonight.
Meanwhile, tributes were paid on social media.
One friend wrote on Twitter: “RIP Hannah. Such a beautiful girl and will be dearly missed.”
Another tweeted: “RIP to the beautiful Hannah she was a like a sister to me and I cant believe you’re gone.”
Police are appealing for witnesses following Tuesday’s incident, which happened at 11.35pm near Smawell Lane.
Anyone with information should call the major collision enquiry team on 101.