THE family of a teenage girl who was tragically killed in a collision has paid a heartfelt tribute and spoken of the great void her death has left.

Beckfoot School pupil Ishah Iman Riaz, 17, died four weeks ago on December 12, following a road traffic incident on Bradford Road in Bingley.

Her relatives have now spoken with pride about the young woman she was - and how much joy she brought to their lives.

“She had a genuine, pure, heart,” they said.

“She was really witty, she was funny, she was really entertaining.”

With five elder siblings - three sisters and two brothers - she was the baby of the family and described by her mum, Taiba, as her “precious gift from God”.

Ishah aced her GCSEs at Belle Vue Girls’ Academy and had high ambitions for the future, studying chemistry, biology and history as her A-level subjects.

Just a few days after her death, her family received a letter from the University of Leeds saying she had been accepted on a special programme.

They also found a list created by Ishah setting out her targets for 2019 which included revision, passing her driving test, cleaning her room twice a week and saving money.

Her family described her as an “all-rounder” who turned her hand to many different hobbies, including football and playing the piano.

They said: “She would never brag, she was so humble.

“She had an angelic character, a beautiful character - she did have the most beautiful smile. She was naturally gifted. There are no negative memories - she was a pleasure to be around.”

Ishah’s death has sent waves of trauma and devastation through the family.

“It was just a shock to the system, but now, as every day goes by, it’s all getting harder,” they said.

“We are coming to the realisation, this lifetime, we won’t be seeing her again. It has left a void in our heart - it’s like a piece of us has gone.

"She was the bond to us all - she brought us all together."

Through their heartache, the family are kept strong by their religion and their belief she has gone to a better place. They’ve received many touching tributes, including from Belle Vue, which described her as an “integral part of the school community and many of the younger girls looked up to her as a good role model”.

The touching letter to her mum and dad added: “This is such a cruel end to what had been such a fabulous beginning and it makes no sense at all.”

Ishah’s family thanked those who helped at the scene on the day, plus her friend Raveen and her family who are now carrying out charity work in her memory.

One friend wrote: “The most loving, caring and funny person I know. You have the purest heart. Thank you for believing in me.”

l The collision involved a green Skoda Octavia travelling along the B6265 Bradford Road towards Bingley.

The driver, a 65-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later released under investigation for enquiries to continue.