A DEVASTATED mother has paid tribute to her "beautiful" 17-year-old daughter after the teen died in a crash last week.

Aaliyah Sedley-Jones, known as Lily, was killed as she drove through Weston-super-Mare at 8.20pm on Wednesday.

Today, her mum has released a heartbreaking statement on her loss – and said she'll mourn her "best friend" forever.

She said: “Lily, you were taken just as your life was beginning and you were so excited for everything you had to look forward to.

“You made the most of every single day of your life.

“You were my best friend, a breath of fresh air and you lit up any and every room you walked into.

“You were so scared of losing anyone you loved, and the only comfort I have is that at least now you will never have to suffer the pain everyone that knows you is feeling right now."

Members of the public rushed to help Lily, one of five siblings, after she was fatally injured in the single-vehicle smash.

Despite their efforts, she couldn't be saved.

“You genuinely were too perfect for this cruel world and the time where I can be with you again cannot come soon enough," her mum said today.

“Your four brothers and all of your family and friends will keep your memory alive as long as we all live.

'MY BEAUTIFUL BEST FRIEND'

"We will never stop talking about you as you were the most caring, considerate, loving, funny, most beautiful girl.

"The time we had with you we will cherish forever.

“Taken from us at the worst age of only 17 in a sudden tragic accident that will forever haunt us.

“We were proud of you every moment of every day and we love you more than you could ever imagine, my beautiful Lily.”

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Avon and Somerset Police said this afternoon: "The family are being supported by a specially-trained family liaison officer and our thoughts are with them at this dreadful time.

"Please respect their privacy as they grieve.

"An investigation into the circumstances of the collision continues."

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