Trafford Park hit-and-run: Victim named as Sophie Smith

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Image caption Sophie Smith was described as an “amazing daughter”

The family of a 19-year-old woman who died after a hit-and-run crash that injured six others has said she was “loved by everyone who knew her”.

Sophie Smith was taken to hospital after Thursday’s crash at a “cruise meet” involving nearly 60 cars in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester Police said.

She was pronounced dead the next day.

Trafford Park hit-and-run: Victim named as Sophie Smith
Trafford Park hit-and-run: Victim named as Sophie Smith

Scott Watkins, aged 24, of Worsley Road North, Salford has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Ms Smith’s family said she was “an amazing daughter, sister and girlfriend and our hearts are broken”.

“We will always love her and never forget the time we spent together. Sophie was our little angel and loved by everyone who knew her,” they said.

“A big empty space has been left in our souls and life will never be the same without her.”

Sophie’s boyfriend Jordan, who was also injured in the collision, added: “Our time together may have been short but I was the luckiest person in the world to experience the love we shared, the laughs we had and plans for the future that have been lost forever.”

Mr Watkins also faces charges of:

  • Causing death while uninsured/unlicensed
  • Causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • Failing to report a road traffic collision
  • Failing to stop after a road traffic collision

He has been remanded to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

A 21-year-old man has been bailed pending further inquiries, police said, while another, aged 26, has been released while investigations continue.

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