FRIENDS have paid tribute to a ‘lovely’ young woman who died tragically in a motorway crash.
Katie Haines, 18, of Partridge Gardens, Waterlooville, was killed when her blue Ford Ka hit a barrier at the Paulsgrove slip road of the M27.
Police confirmed no-one else was involved in the accident and are trying to piece together how it happened.
Since her death, on Monday night at 9.30pm, devastated friends have left heartfelt messages of condolence on social network sites such as Facebook.
Beth Proctor said: ‘Still in shock! Was a lovely girl, knew her from school, R.I.P Babe!! Hope we make you proud!! Prayers with family.’
Jade Marie Chapman said: ‘Such a sad and horrible thing to hear. Rest in peace sweetheart.’ School friend Mollie Corlaa said: ’You were such a lovely girl. Such a shock that you’re gone, sleep tight.’
Friend Sharlie Cattrall said: ‘RIP Katie.
‘Missing you so much down here. We all love you.’
Meanwhile, friend Craig Hicks posted on Facebook: ‘R.I.P Katie hun. Still can’t get round you’re gone. It was only Sunday I was with you.
‘I miss you so much. You’re a lovely girl. Will never forget the times we had.’
Police officially identified Katie as the driver yesterday.
The apprentice child care worker is believed to have passed her driving test about six months ago.
In a statement, police said her family were too upset to talk about their loss.
The accident happened as Miss Haines was driving eastbound on the M27 on Monday evening.
Her Ford Ka left the carriageway and collided with a barrier separating the main motorway from the junction 12 slip road at Paulsgrove.
The vehicle overturned and came to rest in the main carriageway.
The road was closed for six hours.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the accident on Monday.
They would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the time leading up to the accident.
Please call the Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Finisterre.