Teenage crash victim laid to rest

By Juliette MaxamFRIENDS and teachers of a teenage girl who was killed in a car crash packed into a school chapel for her funeral.Camilla Hamilton, 15, of Littley Green, near Braintree, was a passenger in a Mercedes ML 4x4, allegedly driven by her 15-year-old friend, when it collided with a tree in Pebmarsh.

By Juliette Maxam

FRIENDS and teachers of a teenage girl who was killed in a car crash packed into a school chapel for her funeral.

Camilla Hamilton, 15, of Littley Green, near Braintree, was a passenger in a Mercedes ML 4x4, allegedly driven by her 15-year-old friend, when it collided with a tree in Pebmarsh.

She died in the crash and her funeral was held yesterday at the chapel at Felsted School, where she had been a pupil.

Camilla was a talented pupil at the public school, where her brother, Joe, had just sat his A-level exams.

She was also a keen sportswoman, captained the Essex under-15 hockey team and had been selected for the under-15s East of England hockey team.

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Joe paid tribute to his sister during the service, which was taken by the Rev Jim Hart, chaplain at Felsted School.

Camilla's housemistress, Jenny Burrett, also gave an appreciation of the teenager's life during the funeral.

“She never knew any failure, only success, for she was a wonderfully talented girl who lived her short life to the full,” she said.

“Camilla was a singer, a dancer, a performer, popular and kind, fun and outgoing, pretty, trendy and stylish.”

Mrs Burrett added Camilla's personal motto had been “Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars”.

She continued: “She was warm, she was happy, she was fun, she was loved, so very loved and she lived the best life she could. What an inspiration to us all.”

Camilla's friends sent dozens of floral tributes, one of which said “You were an outstanding person and an outstanding hockey player. Now I am sure you are an outstanding angel”.

After the funeral, Camilla's family attended a private burial service. A memorial service for the teenager is planned at Felsted School in the autumn.

Her 15-year-old friend was arrested in relation to the crash, which happened on June 28. She was released on police bail and is due to report to Braintree police later this month.

Neither Camilla's friend nor her friend's family were at Camilla's funeral.

juliette.maxam@eadt.co.uk

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