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The family of a teenager killed in a road crash in Aberdare on Monday have paid tribute to the 19-year-old.
Samantha Jo Davies, who was known to her family and friends as Sammy Jo, died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision at Bryn Terrace.
Sammy Jo’s parents, Geraint and Deborah Davies and their partners said Sammy Jo, who was their youngest child, was "a wonderful daughter".
South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle being driven prior to the collision.
A driver has appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
Sammy-Jo Davies, 19, was being carried in a red LDV Maxus when it crashed in Aberdare in the early hours of Monday morning.
She was pronounced dead at the scene in Bryn Terrace while several other passengers were taken to hospital.
Driver Kyle Perkins, of Cwmaman, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing at court on Tuesday.
He was remanded in custody and the case was sent to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
South Wales Police says one person has died and seven others were injured following a road traffic collision during the early hours of this morning at Aberdare.
The collision happened around 3.30am this morning and involved a red LDV Maxus van with eight people inside.
One woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the remaining injured parties were taken to Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles Hospitals to receive treatment.
The driver of the van, a 25 year old man from Cwmaman, Aberdare, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in police custody pending further enquiries.
South Wales Police Family Liaison Officers are supporting the family of the woman who died.
Police investigations are continuing into the collision and anyone with information in connection to the incident, or witnessed the incident or the manor of driving prior to the collision, is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number 1500281697.
The Welsh Ambulance Service was called at just after 03.30 am this morning to reports of a road traffic collision involving a mini-bus on Bryn Terrace, Aberdare.
Four emergency ambulances and a Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the incident.
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A driver who crashed and killed a teenage girl after squeezing seven friends into a stolen van is warned his sentence will be 'substantial'.
Sammy-Jo Davies, 19, died when a mini-bus van crashed in Aberdare in the early hours of Monday morning.