A POPULAR teenager killed in a car crash was probably speeding on a wet road when she ploughed into a tree, an inquest heard.

Mia Mackenzie Craen, 18, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

Miss Craen was driving along Worthing Road in Southwater, Horsham, on January 30 when she lost control of the car and crashed into a tree.

At an inquest into her death, held in Horsham yesterday, coroner Dr Karen Henderson concluded that Miss Craen had been travelling at excess speed and died as a result of an accident.

The Argus: Mia and her brothers

Senior coroner's officer Geoffrey Charnock said while the weather was fine at the time with good visibility, the road surface was wet from heavy rainfall earlier in the day.

He said: "Whilst it was not possible for the forensic collision investigator to calculate an exact speed, they do believe the vehicle was travelling at a speed in excess of the 40mph restriction.

"The conclusion of the forensic collision investigator is that the collision occurred when Miss Craen was driving her vehicle towards the Hop Oast roundabout on the A24 when she lost control while negotiating a left hand bend, whilst probably travelling at excess speed, and collided with a tree."

The Argus: Mia played in goal for Horsham Hockey Club.Mia played in goal for Horsham Hockey Club.

The inquest heard that a postmortem examination was carried out on February 3 at Worthing Hospital by Dr Mark Whittaker.

He concluded the cause of death was multiple injuries following a collision.

Miss Craen's brother Finlay Craen said at the time of the crash that his sister had been driving to their new home in Kempshott Road, Horsham.

He told The Argus: “Everyone she knew said that her smile would instantly light up a room and she was never not happy.

The Argus: Mia Craen, who died in a crash near Horsham, was described as 'always happy and smiling' by her brother FinlayMia Craen, who died in a crash near Horsham, was described as 'always happy and smiling' by her brother Finlay

“Everyone loved hearing her voice and she was always really talkative. It isn’t the same without her.”

He also said that Aston Villa football player Jack Grealish was a “hero” to his sister and that Grealish donated £2,000 to the family’s GoFundMe appeal and sent him a personal message on Instagram before sharing a link to the fundraiser with his 1.4 million followers.

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