Heartbroken family's tribute to student teacher, 22, who died in horror crash

The devastated family and friends of an aspiring teacher killed in a horror crash have paid tribute to their ‘precious princess’.

Megan Louise Byrne, 22, from Blackburn, died at the scene after her Mini collided with an Audi Q3 near Blackburn, Lancashire around 10.40am on Thursday.

In a moving statement, her heartbroken mum and dad Joanne and John Byrne, and the rest of the student teacher’s family and friends, said she ‘lit up the room and blessed so many with her light without knowing it’.

They wrote: ‘Megan Louise Byrne was taken away. She will be remembered firstly as a loving and loyal beautiful woman with an exciting wonderful life ahead of her such as her teaching career which she loved and was so dedicated to and meeting the love of her life, Martyn, with whom she was at her happiest.

‘Megan lit up the room and blessed so many with her light without knowing it. She was loved by everyone she came into contact with. Our lives will never be the same again as a shining star she leaves the earth and brightens up the heavens.

‘Enjoy your birthday with grandma, night night our perfect precious princess, rest in peace.’

The Edge Hill University student’s little brother Josh also described her as ‘the best big sister anybody could ask for’ and a ‘massive role model’.

He said: ‘You were my polar opposite but you taught me so much. You gave me confidence with your bold personality and always made sure there was a fire burning in my heart.

‘You were the best big sister anybody could ask for and it really is a shame, I only properly appreciate it now. I know you’re looking down on us wishing we could all be okay, but you made an impact everywhere you went.

‘Life is going to be very different from now on, but it’s important that you are remembered although you will definitely never be forgotten. Rest in peace Megan, I loved you so much.’

The driver of the Audi was a woman, 31, from Blackburn who suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Blackburn and Darwen Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the tragic incident.

Sgt Steve Hardman said: ‘Firstly, my thoughts remain with Megan’s family at this incredibly distressing time. They are being supported by special trained officers.

‘We need anyone who saw the vehicles in the time leading up to the incident, or the collision itself, to come forward as they could have vital information to assist our investigation.’

Anyone with information can email or call 101 quoting incident reference 420 of February 20th.

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