Sussex

Maddie Burgess named as East Hoathly Tesco lorry crash victim

Maddie Burgess Image copyright Uckfield College
Image caption Maddie Burgess has been described as "vibrant, very popular and happy" by Uckfield College

A 17-year-old girl killed on a road as she walked home from a bonfire event in East Sussex had hoped to go to university, her college has said.

Maddie Burgess was struck by a Tesco lorry and a Vauxhall Insignia while walking on the East Hoathly by-pass, near The Thatched Garage, at about 21:20 GMT on Saturday.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

A fundraising page has been set up as a "celebration of life" to the Uckfield College student.

It aims to raise funds to support her family and any traumatised witnesses.

Image copyright EDDIE MITCHELL
Image caption A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the family, and any people who witnessed the crash

Uckfield College said in a statement: "Maddie was a vibrant, very popular and happy member of our college community, with a great sense of humour and a kind and generous nature.

"She was a joy to teach. She had many friends, and was always at the centre of college life."

Maddie was studying for A-levels in media, English and business and was applying to universities to study fashion design, the college said.

"She will be hugely missed and remembered by us all," a college spokeswoman said.

A friend of Maddie's, Kayla Radloff, said her death had left "a huge hole".

She added: "I don't think it will ever be filled. It's going to be a hole that we are going to have to grow around and grow with."

Anyone who saw Maddie, who was wearing a red Puffa-style jacket and dark leggings at the time of the crash has been asked to contact Sussex Police.

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