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A ‘kind and beautiful’ teenager died when a dangerous driver ploughed into her car.

Charlotte Hope, 19, died in the crash earlier this year on the A53 at Astley near Shrewsbury on April 9.

Ashley Kosciekowski, 34, was charged and pleated guilty to causing the death of the trainee teacher who was described as “kind and beautiful” by her heartbroken family.

Kosciekowski, from Norton, also faced a second charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to Charlotte’s mother, Helen Hope, who was seriously hurt in the smash.

The 34-year-old admitted both offences at Telford Magistrates Court today and the case has now been adjourned pending the preparation of a pre-sentence report, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.

Charlotte, 19, had been driving a Volkswagen Polo when the car collided with a BMW M140i being driven by Kosciekowski. Despite a passer-by trying to give the student CPR, the teenager was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Tributes poured in for the ‘kind and beautiful’ trainee teacher following the fatal crash, with Charity Restart Africa saying she had visited Kenya several times as part of the group’s work to help street children.

The charity said at the time: “Charlotte was a bright, kind and beautiful young lady, she was adored by both our children, staff and Mary, all whom have many happy memories of her to treasure.”

Charlotte’s devastated dad Neil Hope also said: “She was a brilliant, young human being. She was caring compassionate, funny, and completely full of life.”