A YOUNG Vale woman who excelled at sport, music and the Welsh language was killed in a horror crash with an HGV last weekend.
Catrin Pickles, from the Llandyrnog area, died at the scene of the collision near Whitchurch on Sunday evening.
The 20-year-old Keele University student was a former pupil at Ysgol Brynhyfryd and Ysgol Gellifor Primary School in Ruthin.
Catrin’s family are too distressed to speak about her death.
But close friend Becky Ussher said: “Catrin was the best friend you could have ever wished for.
“She was beautiful, kind, funny, intelligent, caring and so talented. She will be missed be so many people, and never forgotten. My love goes to her family.”
Catrin was a keen sportswoman who enjoyed horseriding and had previously played for local sports clubs including swimming club Ruthin Rays and Ruthin Badminton Club.
A spokesman for Ruthin Rays said: “Catrin was a lovely girl who was very friendly and a strong swimmer. She had a lovely smile.
“She left the club around the age of 15 and still held club records for freestyle and backstroke.”
Catrin had also won prizes at school for Welsh and violin.
Alison Weyman, assistant headteacher at Ysgol Gellifor, said some of the staff at the school remembered Catrin from her primary school days.
“She was a lovely young lady. She was so bright and had so much potential.”
Police are appealing for witnesses following the crash, which took place about 9.20pm on Sunday.
Catrin was driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa Hatch on the A525 at New Woodhouses when it was involved in a collision with a white Volvo articulated lorry being driven in the opposite direction towards Nantwich.
The driver was uninjured but was treated for shock.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "We are continuing our investigation into the circumstances leading up to this tragedy.
"We are anxious to receive any information which might assist us from witnesses of the actual collision or from anyone who spotted either vehicle being driven just before it happened.
"Contact Whitchurch or Shrewsbury police station on 101.”
A post mortem will be held and an inquest is expected to open later this week.