Family tribute to 'princess' Sophie, 17, after triple fatal Staffordshire crash

-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)
-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)

The grief-stricken family of a teenage girl who died following a triple fatal crash have paid tribute to their 'kind-hearted princess'. Sophie Bates, 17, from Stafford, was a backseat in a Ford Ka when the collision happened on Cannock Road, Penkridge, on Saturday (May 25).

Paramedics took Sophie to hospital in a critical condition. But despite the best efforts of medical staff, Sophie died in hospital on Tuesday (May 28). T

Two teenage boys, Dafydd Hûw Craven-Jones, 18, of Tanyfron, Wrexham, and Morgan Jones, 17, of Coedpoeth, Wrexham Read, also tragically died in the collision.

In a moving tribute, Sophie’s loved-ones said: “Our Princess Sophie, the best big sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend to many, was so strong on the outside but truly so kind hearted and thoughtful inside. Full of fun and beyond witty.

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“We were so proud of the young adult Sophie was becoming, with the life plans she was putting in place. Excelling in college and her work placement, full of drive and ambition to have her own business. Sophie loved her friends and was enjoying embracing her teenage life and having the best time.

“Our darling girl Sophie, will be sorely missed and loved eternally. Forever in our hearts, 17…always.”

Staffordshire Police have confirmed that a 17-year-old girl, who was also taken to hospital after suffering injuries in the collision, has since been discharged.

A spokesman said: "We’re doing as much as we can to support her family at this tragic and difficult time. We ask that their privacy is respected at this time.

"We’d like to thank everyone who has been helping us investigate the circumstances of the collision and to those who have left heartfelt messages to the families who’ve been affected by what happened.

"Officers are still keen to speak to people who saw the collision or those with any information about the car leading up to what happened. We were called just before midnight and arrived a short time later."

Dafydd Hûw's devastated family said he was 'helping' his friend at the time of the crash. They added that he was a 'beautiful soul, a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson and family member to all that knew him'.

A statement from his family continued: "Dafydd was the kindest loving person you could wish to meet, he had his special ways and was different to anyone else.

"Everyone loved him, the baby of the family. Daf would do anything for anyone, albeit moan if he had to tidy his bedroom.

"He loved his friends more than life itself, and disastrously, this led to his early departure from this world whilst helping a friend on this dreadful night. We can take solace that Dafydd would always go out of his way to help his friends.

"We just want to thank his friends for all the wonderful messages and memories they have shared of him and that his short life was filled with lots of love and happiness.

"We ask that our privacy is respected at this sad time. But we thank everyone for their kind messages of support."

Meanwhile, Morgan has been described by his devastated loved ones as a keen sportsman and 'passionate about farming'. He had just secured a place at an agricultural college and was "loved by everybody."

His family said: "Our loving son and grandson, Morgan, was a kind caring and loving young man who we were so proud of. He was an outdoor person who excelled in rugby, cricket, horse riding and show jumping.

"He will be sadly missed by all his rugby, cricket and equestrian family and his family and friends. He was passionate about farming and had secured a place at an agricultural college.

"He was a very popular young man and was loved by everybody. You will be forever missed, Mum, Dad, Taid and Aunt."

Tributes have also been pouring in online from well-wishers. One wrote: "Such a sad time, three young lives lost I cannot imagine how the families and friends must be feeling.

"I hope the surviving girl gets all the help she will need to get through this difficult time."

Another said: "This is heartbreaking beyond words. Three young lives now lost. Sending love and strength to all their friends and family at this sad time.

"Also wishing the other young girl a speedy recovery. She’s going to need a lot of love and support around her."

Anyone with information should email, call 101 quoting incident number 813 of May 25, or by messaging using Live Chat on the force's website.

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