The family of Lucy Duggan, 18, have spoken of their devastation after her death in August.
Martin Li. 22, was today jailed for 8 years for causing her death by dangerous driving, and for other offences.
Lucy's parents Ralph and Barbara and brother Jack issued a statement on Monday afternoon:
"The devastating accident that took our wonderful daughter, from us on Sunday 25th August, has rocked our world and shattered so many precious dreams. Lucy loved life and lived it to the full, her constant smile brought sunshine into the lives of all she met."
"She lived her life in full confidence that everything would be ok and we have tried to draw from her positive outlook to get us through. The support that our family, friends and the wonderful community we live in have shown us, has been amazing and given us great strength."
" Lucy was always there when we needed support and we have been left feeling helpless without her. May the sunshine in her outlook of life give us all strength to carry on without her. "
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