Firefighter called to car accident finds daughter in wreckage

Ella Brooke Smith, 21, was discovered by firefighter dad Adrian, 47, after his crew were called to a three-car pile-up
Ella Brooke Smith, 21, was discovered by firefighter dad Adrian, 47, after his crew were called to a three-car pile-up

A firefighter called to a horrific car crash discovered his "beautiful" daughter dead in the wreckage.

Adrian Smith was in shock after responding to the 999 call and seeing his daughter's Ella's car had been hit. Mr Smith had to watch as her body was removed from the car by paramedics.

Police confirmed Ella, 21, was killed in the accident on a country road and three others seriously hurt.

A family friend said: "It must have been a complete nightmare for Adrian to find his own daughter was the victim.

"Ella was lovely girl, they are a lovely family. Everyone is shock and totally devastated."

Mr Smith was on duty at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, on Sunday evening when he was called out to the three-vehicle crash on the B4341.

When he arrived he saw Ella's white Ford Ka had been struck on the passenger side where his daughter was sitting. Her boyfriend, who was driving the car, suffered serious injuries, along with a man and woman in another vehicle.

Mr Smith, Ella's mother Maria, and her brother and sister were said to be "devastated" by the tragedy and are being supported by specialist police officers.

Within hours of the accident, Mr Smith posted a picture on social media of him and Ella dancing at a family party when she was little.

Dozens of tributes were made to bakery worker Ella who was described as a "beautiful young lady" and "the kindest soul you could meet".

Ella died near Haverfordwest, Wales -  Athena Pictures
Ella died near Haverfordwest, Wales - Athena Pictures

Friend Chloe Kinsella said: "Yet again another gorgeous person taken away from us, the world is so cruel.

"I loved every minute of speaking to you Ella, you never failed to make me laugh. One of the best."

Another friend, Sarah Studley, said: "She really was the sweetest girl ever. Just a beautiful, beautiful girl who will be so very sorely missed."

Dyfed-Powys are appealing for dashcam footage from other drivers at the scene of the crash between Haverfordwest and the seaside village of Broad Haven.

Ella's family said in a statement: "We are utterly devastated at losing our beloved Ella. She was a much loved and caring daughter, sister and granddaughter.

"She was a beautiful girl who will be missed by us all.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time. It has meant so much to the whole family as we grieve for our Ella."

Police said Ella, of Camrose, Haverfordwest, died at the scene of the crash.

She had been to the beach at Broad Haven during the hot weather on Sunday and was being driven home by her boyfriend when tragedy struck. Their Ford Ka is believed to have overturned on a bend and was then hit by a following vehicle.

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