The family of an 18-year-old say they are “devastated” after she was killed in a car crash.

Sophie Ford was killed after the car she was in collided with a tree on the A21 in Hastings.

Her family have paid tribute to her as an animal lover and sportswoman who “touched the hearts of so many people”.

In a statement released through Sussex Police, her family said: “We are devastated at the loss of Sophie our beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin, granddaughter and friend to so many. A recent leaver from Battle Abbey School, Sophie was an avid animal lover and sportswoman who loved to sing and listen to music.

The Argus: Sophie Ford, 18, who died in a crash on the A21Sophie Ford, 18, who died in a crash on the A21 (Image: Family Handout)

“She was a volunteer at a local animal sanctuary and stables and had just embarked upon a Degree course in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Writtle University College, Chelmsford.

“Sophie had been an active member of the South Saxons hockey club in Hastings for the last five years and played for the ladies’ first team. She had such a promising future ahead of her and we are devastated that her life has been brought to a premature end in this way.


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“Sophie touched the hearts of so many people both in the region and overseas and she will be very sadly missed by us all.”

Sophie died after the car she was in, a white Seat Leon Cupra, left the carriageway at Kent Street and collided with a tree on Friday, October 27.

She was confirmed dead at the scene and her next of kin are being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the car, a 27-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.

Sussex Police are continuing to investigate the crash which is believed to have taken place at around 11.20pm in the evening.

A police spokesman said: “Anyone who witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it, or has any relevant dashcam footage, is asked to contact police at, quoting Operation Contour.”