‘Kind-hearted’ teenage girl, 17, killed in ‘100mph hit-and-run’ horror smash

A ‘kind-hearted’ 17-year-old girl has been killed in an alleged hit-and-run. Police confirmed Keely Birks lost her life in the smash, which took place at around 8pm on Saturday in Allenton, Derby. She and a pal were said to be crossing the road at the lights when they were hit by a car.

An unconfirmed report online said the vehicle was travelling at 100mph in a 40mph zone, it is claimed. Tributes have now been paid to the victim, with her heartbroken sister saying she is now her ‘angel’. Derbyshire Police said: “A teenage girl who died in a collision in Harvey Road last night has been named as Keely Birks.

“The 17-year-old was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra at about 8pm and sadly died a short time later.

The crash took place in a 40mph zone in Allenton (Ashley Kirk)

“Her family and friends are being given specialist support by our officers. “Our investigation into the circumstances is ongoing but we can confirm that we have recovered the vehicle believed to be involved. “We would like to ask for the public’s patience while we work to trace those involved, and urge people not to speculate on social media.

'Kind-hearted' teenage girl, 17, killed in '100mph hit-and-run' horror smashA vigil has been held in honour of Keely after her tragic death (BPM MEDIA)

“Residents in the area around the collision site are likely to see an increased police presence throughout today as officers continue their enquiries.

“Detectives from the force’s specialist collision investigation unit are now wanting to hear from any witnesses who may be able to assist them – in particular any drivers with dashcam footage that may hold vital evidence.” Posts on social media paid tribute to the teen and a vigil took place on Sunday evening.

'Kind-hearted' teenage girl, 17, killed in '100mph hit-and-run' horror smashPolice have recovered the car believed to be involved in the crash (Ashley Kirk)

Keely’s sister Kisha posted on Facebook: “Forever my sister now my angel. I love you forever and always.

Forever 17.” Another tribute reads: “Yesterday the most beautiful precious angel was taken far too soon. Forever 17.

“She was loved by so many people and known by everyone, it is a massive shock to everyone and you really don’t know what’s round the corner.

'Kind-hearted' teenage girl, 17, killed in '100mph hit-and-run' horror smashFloral tributes were left in memory of Keely at the vigil on Sunday night (BPM MEDIA)

Get all the latest news sent to your inbox. Sign up for the free Mirror newsletter “The family would like to gather together to remember Keely for the beautiful, young, funny soul she was.” Anyone with information can contact Derbyshire police by ringing 101 and referencing 21*677767.

Witnesses can also contact the police through Facebook, Twitter and the force’s website.

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