North West Wales

Father's tribute to Melissa Mackenzie killed in crash

Melissa Mackenzie
Image caption Melissa Mackenzie had recently got a new job in Abersoch

The father of a 21-year-old woman who died in a late-night collision on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd has paid tribute to her.

Melissa Mackenzie, from Pwllheli, died at the scene of the crash at Penrhos on the A499 at about 23:36 BST on Friday.

She had been returning from a meal with her twin sister in Abersoch, Andy Mackenzie said.

She was "staunchly independent" and made her family "extremely proud", he added.

In a statement issued via police, Mr Mackenzie, who works in the estates department at Bangor University, said his daughter was driving herself home from a family dinner in Abersoch.

She had been with her twin Sarah and her boyfriend Richard.

He said Sarah, Melissa's best friend, was "totally devastated".

Mr Mackenzie said his daughter had moved to Pwllheli from Manchester, where she grew up, on the day she finished her A levels - such was her love of the area.

"Her mum (Susan) and dad were divorced since she was little but she had been a regular visitor at her dad's," he said.

"After four years of living and working in Pwllheli she described herself as Welsh if asked."

Miss Mackenzie had just been promoted to branch manager of Crew Clothing in Abersoch, which had made her family extremely proud "such was the effort involved in reaching this goal at such a young age".

Facebook tributes

"She was a highly social, well-loved girl who seemed to know everybody in the area," added Mr Mackenzie.

"Her popularity is evident when you see the Facebook tributes posted - and the lovely, kind words written."

Mr Mackenzie said his daughter was also godmother to Lorien, son of her close friend Rhiannon Freeman.

Gallery owner John Wormald, of Totally Abersoch, said Miss Mackenzie had been involved in some photographic shoots for the gallery recently.

He described her as a "very fun" girl who had been interested in the technical aspects of photography.

"Everybody in Abersoch is shocked at her death," he said.

Hundreds of posts have been made on a tribute page set up to remember Miss Mackenzie on social networking site Facebook.

North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision. Only Miss Mackenzie's Vauxhall Corsa was involved, the force said.

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