Evey Rose Staley, who died in Friday's crash.
THE family of a ten-year-old Isle of Wight girl, killed in a car crash, have paid tribute to her 'cheeky personality and infectious smile.'
The youngster, named today (Monday) as Evey Rose Staley, died in the two-car collision, at Northwood, on Friday.
Her parents, Neal, 44, and Penny, 41, were cut free from their car by firefighters at taken to St Mary's Hospital with life threatening injuries, where they remain in a critical but stable condition.
As previously reported, the family's Subaru Justy was involved in a collision with a Ford Puma on the main Cowes to Newport road at around 8.30pm.
Evey was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
A statement issued by her family today said: "Evey was a popular and strong-willed young girl. She had a happy, bubbly nature and an infectious smile. Her loveable and cheeky personality made her adored by everyone she met.
"Evey’s quirky sense of humour kept us all laughing and her passion for baking meant we were never short of homemade treats. Evey, being the young lady she was, loved shopping, fashion and, more importantly, chocolate.
"She had had many interests which included history (The Tudors, Victorians and the Romans) and netball, where she was working hard to make this year’s school team.
"Evey particularly loved crime investigation programmes which inspired her to want to become a police officer.
"This tragedy should never have happened to our beautiful Evey Rose who, at ten years old, still had so much more to give.
"The entire family are deeply shocked and hurt at this devastating time.
"We would like to thank everyone in the Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital for all they did for Evey, and to the Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital for all they continue to do for Evey’s mum and dad, Neal and Penny. They have been incredible.
"We would also like to thank our dear friends, neighbours and other members of the public for their amazing support.
"Goodnight darling, sleep tight."
*Further tributes have been paid by teachers at Ryde School, where Evey was a pupil.
The head of Ryde Junior School, Howard Edwards said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Evey’s family at this sad time. We cannot begin to imagine their pain and suffering.
"Evey was a delightful and popular girl, with a very wide circle of friends. She was always kind and most considerate of others, with a bright, friendly smile on her face. Evey was a lovely girl; she was supportive of all members of the school community, both in the Junior School and in the boarding house.
"If you had ever been fortunate to have met or got to know Evey you would know why she was so popular with both her peers and teachers alike.
"Evey enjoyed life to the full and with her endearing smile, contributed so much to our school. She was well organised, worked hard and was a most able pupil. In her end of year exams Evey’s marks were outstanding and she had a bright future ahead of her. Evey not only worked hard but she enjoyed all the other aspects of school life, particularly sports.
"We have been blessed to have had Evey in our school and she will be greatly missed by all."
The school's head of boarding, Ann Sutton said: "It is with immense sadness that we learned of Evey's tragic death. As our youngest boarder, Evey was always such a vibrant, lively and popular young lady who will be greatly missed by each and every member of our close-knit boarding community.
"Evey will always be remembered for her fun loving character, comical sense of humour, enquiring mind and boundless energy, which together with her infectious giggle, radiated a wonderful presence throughout the boarding house.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Evey's family and friends. Our special thoughts are with Evey's elder sister, Ellie, at this extremely difficult time."
Following the collision, the driver of the Ford Puma, a 30-year-old Sandown man, was arrested at the scene.
He was also taken to St Mary's Hospital with serious injuries.
The main Cowes to Newport road was closed while officers from the Roads Policing Unit carried out an investigation, and re-opened 12 hours after the collision.
Appealing for witnesses to come forward, a police spokesman said: "We would very much like to hear from anyone with information, both witnesses to the collision and people who may have seen either of the cars before it took place.
"Information can be given to us on 101, by quoting Operation Oakwood, or anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111."