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Hundreds attend funeral of teenage car crash victim
Hundreds of mourners have packed a village church today to say their final farewells to a teenage crash victim who had just beaten cancer.
Family and friends, many wearing pink, gathered at St James' Parish Church in Thornton for the funeral of 19-year-old Jade Best, who was killed in a late-night crash.
Jade, of Denholme, was the youngest of the three occupants of a black Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution who died when it ploughed at high speed into a hairdressing salon in Thornton.
The two others were driver Jonathan Adam Ruthven, 27, also of Denholme, and front seat passenger Daniel Hague, 32, a serving soldier, of Thornton, who was home on compassionate leave visiting his sick mother.
White and pink flowers spelling out Jade's name accompanied her coffin. One of the poignant messages on flowers read: "You were more than just a best friend to us all. Despite your own problems you always wore a beautiful smile through it all."
After her death, her family had made a public statement confirming she had recently been given the all clear after undergoing treatment for cancer.
Donations collected in her memory were in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
In their statement her parents Karen and Robert Best said: "Jade was a happy-go-lucky person and had a lovely outgoing personality that meant she embraced life to its fullest.
“She had recently been given the all-clear following a cancer diagnosis and had so much life left to live. We are devastated by her death and that she has been taken from us in such tragic circumstances."
Jade also leaves an older sister Lauren and grandparents.