South Woodford crash tragedy: Mum speaks of ‘indescribable’ grief

Sisters Melia Kaya, 19, right, and Elif Kaya, 16, left, with mum Demet Kaya, centre

Sisters Melia Kaya, 19, right, and Elif Kaya, 16, left, with mum Demet Kaya, centre - Credit: Archant

Parents looking for closure after their 16-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash have spoken of their grief.

Elif Kaya, 16, from Woodford Green

Elif Kaya, 16, from Woodford Green - Credit: Archant

Elif Kaya’s heartbroken mum Demet Kaya, 37, of Finchingfield Avenue, Woodford Green, told the Recorder she could not put into words how she felt after her daughter died on Saturday.

“The pain I’m going through is indescribable,” she said.

“She [Elif] was a really popular girl, she was so sociable and she was loved by so many people. People have come from all over to see us.”

Demet’s 19-year-old daughter Melia Kaya, who was driving down Chigwell Road, South Woodford, when the crash happened, is in hospital in a critical condition.

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

Floral tributes lie at the scene of a car crash on Chigwell Road which resulted in the death of a woman in the car - Credit: Archant


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“They are just amazing girls, they are unbelievable people,” said Demet.

Elif’s dad Nevzat, 43, said: “We need answers – that’s what we need.”

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Epping Forest College’s head of A-levels, Rowan Hartfree-Pearce, also paid tribute the “bright” student, formerly of Woodbridge High School, who dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

“Elif joined us in September to study law, English literature and sociology. She was a bright young lady who was enthusiastic about her studies and driven to do well.

“Apart from her sense of humour, the one thing staff remember most about Elif was her infectious smile – she was never without it and you couldn’t help but smile back.

“She was a popular girl who will be sorely missed by staff and students alike.”

Police are urging anyone with information about the crash, which took place at about 1am, to call officers on 020 8597 4874.

No arrests have been made. Inquiries continue.

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