AN 18-YEAR-OLD killed in a fatal crash in a car park has been remembered as always having a “sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes”.

Leonie Grace Jones died in the Dormans in the Gossops Green area of Crawley in the early hours of Monday, April 25.

Police said the incident involved a car and a pedestrian, with an 18-year-old woman pronounced dead at the scene.

In a heartfelt tribute, Leonie’s mother Carmel Richards said her daughter's “infectious laugh and beaming smile” will stay with her forever.

“She always had a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes. Leonie was so bright, bubbly and had so many plans for her future. She wanted to travel and to become a beautician to run her own business,” she said.

“She always went that extra mile to support her friends and family in times of need. Her friends have said that she always checked in on them to make sure they were okay.”

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Two men from Crawley, aged 21 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drink and driving while over the prescribed limit for alcohol and drugs.

The 20-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug.

Both men have been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Carmel said her daughter “had no idea how well-liked she was”.

“I hope she is looking down now to see how missed and loved she truly will be,” she said.

“She has two brothers and two sisters who adore her as she did them. Leonie was the best daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and big sister anyone could wish for. Her boyfriend also misses her immensely.

“She loved to sing and dance and was the life and soul of any party. She’s a social butterfly and just loved life.

“Leonie enjoyed playing pool, listening to music and socialising. Many in the community knew Leonie from working at the Iceland store.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support we have received as a family. It brings us some form of comfort at such a tragic time. Leonie’s friends are amazing, raising money to help cover funeral costs and to support the family.

“Leonie will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends and will forever hold a place in our hearts.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Leonie, and will raise funds towards her funeral and support for her family.

To date, the fundraiser has raised more than £8,500.

Handwritten tributes and flowers have also been left at the scene of the incident.

Sussex Police believe there were other members of the public in the car park at the time.

They are in particular appealing for the occupants of a vehicle that was seen to leave immediately after the incident to come forward as witnesses.

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who has footage of vehicles in the area is asked to call 101 or email: and quote serial 108 of 25/04.