THE family of a woman killed in a car crash have paid tribute to a “kind spirited person” who “gave love with every breath”.

Linda Tilbrook, 39, of Franklynn Road, Haywards Heath, died following a three car crash on the A272 Cuckfield by-pass on Thursday, November 30.

She was driving a silver Toyota Yaris and was involved in a crash with black Mercedes C63 and VW Jetta.

She was treated by paramedics but died at the scene a short time later.

Her family said in a statement yesterday: “Linda was always smiling, that’s how we will remember her.

“She gave love with every breath, supporting you, whether a stranger, friend or family - this was her greatest quality.

“She was courageous and loved to challenge herself; recently completing the Three Peak Challenge with her brother and partner to raise money for the St Peter and St James Hospice.

“She loved to make friends with people from all walks of life, her new career dog walking provided the perfect opportunity to bond with both human and furry companions.

“Linda’s infectious laugh and cheeky grin would be sure to light-up the darkest room, she was a positive, thoughtful and kind spirited person.

“She was very very close to us and we loved her very much.”

A 61-year-old Hurstpierpoint man, who was driving the black Mercedes C63, suffered serious injuries in the crash.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he remains in a serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A 39-year-old woman from Henfield was driving the silver VW Jetta. She was unhurt.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Cord.