South Woodford crash tragedy: Devastated dad pays tribute to ‘lovely’ daughter, 16

PUBLISHED: 15:44 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 15 February 2016

Elif Kaya, 16, from Woodford Green

Elif Kaya, 16, from Woodford Green


The father of a “lovely” girl who died after a car crash is calling on witnesses to come forward.

Elif Kaya, 16, from Woodford GreenElif Kaya, 16, from Woodford Green

Nevzat Kaya, 43, of Finchingfield Avenue, Woodford Green, said his family needed closure following the death of daughter Elif Kaya, 16, an aspiring barrister.

Elif’s older sister Melia Kaya, 19, who was driving her grey Mini Cooper, is in a critical condition at an east London hospital.

The sisters along with friend Ayla Osman, 22, who is in a stable condition, were on their way back to Finchingfield Avenue after dropping another friend home when the incident took place on Saturday morning, at about 1am.

The 26-year-old male driver of a BMW, which was involved in the crash in Chigwell Road, South Woodford, was treated for head injuries.

Floral tributes lie at the scene of a car crash on Chigwell Road which resulted in the death of a woman in the carFloral tributes lie at the scene of a car crash on Chigwell Road which resulted in the death of a woman in the car

Paying tribute to his daughter, Nevzat said: “She was a very sociable girl, she was a very good girl.

“We were very happy with her work at college, she was doing A-levels at Epping Forest College.

“She was a lovely, happy girl, and she wanted to be a barrister.”

The devastated dad said his family and the whole community were in shock.

“I pray for heaven for my daughter,” he said.

“We need answers – that’s what we need. We need people to come forward, it will mean closure for the family.”

Elif’s uncle Ali Demir said: “There are no words that can describe how I’m feeling.

“She [Elif] was a fun girl, she was a very lovely girl.”

The former Woodbridge High School pupil’s friends took to Twitter to pay tribute to the teenager.

@BenDibble_ said: “rip elif – life taken too soon.”

@_NSxx said: “RIP Elif, such a beautiful lovely girl, taken so soon.”

@tayoarisex said: “I’m still in shock and can’t believe that you’re gone.”

@xIts_Gracex said: “Rip Elif, such a gorgeous girl taken too soon.”

Police are urging anyone with information on the crash to contact detectives from the Roads and Transport Policing Command.

People can call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 020 8597 4874.

No arrests have been made. Inquiries continue.

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