A “devastated” community is in mourning following the tragic death of a teenage girl in a car crash.
Ifza Bi was killed after the car she was travelling in collided with the wall of the Halifax Bathrooms store in Queen’s Road on Sunday night.
The local teenager, a Year 11 pupil at Sowerby Bridge High School, Albert Road, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but died of her injuries on Tuesday.
Floral tributes have now been left in memory of the “bubbly” and “lovely” 16-year-old, close to the scene of the crash.
Touching messages included: “Rest in peace Ifza. Such a beautiful girl gone too soon, heaven’s gained another angel, I guess all the innocent get taken when they shouldn’t. Gone, but never ever forgotten.” and “Rest in paradise Ifza Bi. You will be missed daily, such a beautiful young lady. Gone far too soon, was such a bright, beautiful girl who will be sadly missed. Gone but not forgotten, lucky to have known such a lovely person in a long school year.”
A statement from Ifza’s family thanked the local community for their help.
They said: “We are touched by the overwhelming support shown by our friends, family and community. We are deeply saddened but take solace and pray that our daughter resides in heaven.”
Councillor Faisial Shoukat (Lab, Park), added: “The whole community is devastated and on behalf of the family, I would like to thank the community for all their support.
“It’s an unfortunate and very tragic accident, we have a very tight knit community so things like this really affect it.
“Ifza’s friends have described her as a bubbly and lovely person, who was looking forward to the future and going into further education.
“Hundreds of Muslims have been to the Mosque to pay their condolences to the family and we are trying to pick up as much of the work as we can to help the family through this difficult time.”
A statement released by Ifza’s school said she would be deeply missed.
It read: “This is a tragic event and on behalf of the school we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Ifza’s family.
“She was a lovely and sincere girl whom we were proud to have been a member of Sowerby Bridge High School. Our school community is devastated by her loss.
“We are a strong, inclusive community and our pupils and staff have been distressed by this news.
“Counselling is in place to support students and staff during this difficult time. She will be deeply missed.”
Ifza’s funeral took place last night at the Madni Mosque, Gibbet Street, where more than 2,000 people were expected to attend.
Enquiries into the crash are ongoing and two other females, the 22-year-old driver and and a 28-year-old rear passenger are still being treated for their injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.
Detective Sergeant Carole Greaves of the Major Collision Enquiry Team said; “We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident, and for anyone who saw the vehicle being driven prior to the collision to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via: 101 and quote crime reference: 13150259343.