Girl, 18, dead and 3 injured after car careers off road and slams into tree

A teenage girl has tragically died and three other teenagers are injured after their car collided with a garden wall and tree.

The horrific accident occurred last night (February 5) in Westbury, Wiltshire shortly before midnight.

Wiltshire Police said Bethany Ovenden Gumm, 18, who was a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 19-year-old driver was seriously injured and taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol while the two remaining passengers sustained significant injuries.

An 18-year-old woman was also taken to Southmead Hospital while a 17-year-old girl was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Inspector Andrew Lemon said: "Firstly I would like to start by offering my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Beth.

"We completely understand how devastating this must be on those affected by this tragic incident and of course understand people want to come together at the scene to pay their respects and comfort each other.

"We want to make sure this is done safely and that we don't exacerbate the situation by spreading the virus, so please try to bear in mind Covid restrictions and social distancing.

"We know this is a difficult and distressing time but we want people to try and remember social distancing to keep everyone safe, the last thing we want is for friends and family to become ill in the coming days.

"We'd like to thank the community of Westbury for their support at this time and ask that the privacy of the family is respected."

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