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The family of an 18-year-old dancer who died after her car hit a deer have paid tribute to a "true star". Daniela Ruggiero, from Hoddesdon, and a 17-year-old girl, who has not yet been named, were travelling on the A10 between Ware and Puckeridge yesterday when the crash happened.
Daniela Ruggiero's family said: "Daniela was a very special and much loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will be greatly missed by everyone who was touched by her greatness. She was born to dance, and is now dancing with the angels. A true star in our lives."
Motoring, wildlife and safety groups repeatedly warn road users of the dangers of deer on highways.
- The toll of deer involved annually in vehicle collisions in the UK is estimated to be as high as 74,000
- Road accidents involving deer also result in more than 450 human injuries a year as well as several deaths
Two teenage girls have died in a road crash after their vehicle hit a deer.
The Citroen C1 car in which the girls, who were 17 and 18, were travelling hit a deer and then a Volvo V40 collided with the vehicle, which caught fire.
The incident happened on the northbound carriageway of the A10 between Ware and the A120 Puckeridge exit at around 7.45am, Hertfordshire Police said.
The girls died at the scene while the driver of the Volvo, who is believed to be in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment for what are thought to be leg injuries.