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Aldershot deaths: Family mourns 'perfect' teenage runner

Lucy Pygott, 17 and Stacey Burrows, 16, Image copyright Family handout/Martin Duff
Image caption Lucy Pygott (left), 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were members of of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club (AFD)

A teenage athlete who died alongside her friend when they were struck by a car has been described as "perfect" by her family.

Stacey Burrows, 16, was with 17-year-old Lucy Pygott when they were hit by a Ford Focus in Aldershot on Tuesday evening.

A statement from Stacey's family said she was "highly dedicated" to running.

Both girls were members of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club (AFD).

In a tribute released through police said: "Stacey really was the perfect daughter and sister - perfect in every possible way. Stacey was highly dedicated to what she loved doing, running for Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club.

"We as a family know Stacey will be greatly missed by her teammates, coaches and club. It is a tragedy that it has ended so soon for her. Work hard was her motto and that is exactly what she did."

Image caption Dozens of flowers have also been left at the crash scene

The crash happened on Queen's Avenue just after 19:10 GMT. Dozens of flowers have also been left at the crash scene.

Lucy was this year's England Under-20 3,000m champion and European Youth Championships bronze medallist. Stacey was the Hampshire Under-17 3,000m champion.

Hampshire Athletics Club said a minute's silence would be held in memory of the girls at the Hampshire Cross-Country League fixture at Bournemouth on Saturday.

A serving soldier has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of careless driving while unfit through drink or drugs. He has been bailed until February.

Image caption The crash happened in Queen's Avenue near Aldershot Military Stadium shortly after 19:10 GMT on Tuesday

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