A 25-year-old woman has been killed after her car veered off the road and smashed into a tree.
Natalie Marshall died after losing control of her Mercedes C Class on the A167 near Darlington in County Durham.
Her passenger – a man in his 20s – also sustained serious injuries and was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The crash happened close to Junction 59 of the A1(M) at around 3am on Friday morning.
Multiple emergency services rushed to the scene but, sadly, Natalie could not be saved.
Her family have since released a heart-breaking tribute in which the young casualty from Bishop Auckland was described as a "selfless young woman" and a "much-loved daughter, sister, auntie, and friend".
Natalie's devastated relatives and friends are now planning a memorial, which will see them all release a black balloon together.
The family statement read: "Natalie was a very well-loved daughter, sister, auntie, and friend. We can’t put into words how we all feel about the loss of the biggest and strongest personality we knew.
"Natalie would light up the room as soon as she walked in, she was the most hard-working and selfless young woman. We are well and truly heartbroken by this tragedy. I know for sure she has a place in many people’s hearts."
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Among the tributes paid to Natalie on social media was this one on Facebook: "Thank you so much for being you because there certainly won’t ever be another Natalie Elizabeth Marshall to grace our lives. You brought so much love, laughter, fun and kindness not only in to our lives but to anyone that met you!"
On the planned memorial, another person posted: "Right come on guys let’s give this girl the send off she needs! We are going to be holding a balloon send off for our one and only Natalie Marshall.
"Please make sure everyone wears sunglasses as these were our girl's favourite thing to wear!"
Police are also asking for anybody that might have any details on the crash to call 101, quoting incident number 57 of June 17.
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