Teenager killed after her car crashes into telegraph pole on B1249
AN 18-year-old girl has been killed after her car crashed into a telegraph pole weeks after she passed her driving test.
Hannah Lodge was driving towards Langtoft on the B1249 when her grey Suzuki smashed into a telegraph pole.
Last night, dozens of her friends were using social network sites Facebook and Twitter to express their shock and pay tribute to Hannah.
Jamie Sutton wrote: "My gorgeous best friend. Life is far too cruel."
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Jasmine Brealey said: "I miss Hannah and I wish she was still with us.
"We know in our hearts that, during our time with her, we got to know how much of a kind, beautiful person she is."
Hannah, a former pupil at Driffield School, worked as a waitress at the Wolds Village café in Bainton.
She had just finished her A levels and was on a gap year, enjoying some time off after her studies.
She had worked at the café since she was 15.
Owner Sally Brealey said: "We've known her since she was a little girl. She used to come with her parents, so we've seen her grow up over the years.
"Everyone's at a very low ebb at the moment.
"We are all full of sorrow."
Ms Brealey said she had only fond memories of Hannah, who was a trusted employee.
She said: "She was such a lovely girl. She had just finished her schooling.
"She had worked very hard. She was having a bit of time off and working out what to do next.
"It's the saddest thing that can happen. There's no reason to it – it's just so wrong."
Hannah, who lived with her family just outside Driffield, was judged mature enough to be put in charge of the Wolds Village shop on her own.
Ms Brealey painted the picture of a happy, popular girl who got on well with staff and diners.
She said: "She was liked by all our customers.
"We've had so many people contacting us and giving money towards a tribute.
"It's just heartbreaking. She was such a positive girl."
Hannah had not been driving for very long before the accident that claimed her life.
Ms Brealey said: "I think she had only been driving for three or four weeks.
"She wasn't reckless or anything like that. It's so unfair.
"It's this time of year. It's dark and the roads are very mucky."
The death has badly affected Hannah's co-workers.
The staff at Wolds Village are a tight-knit group of teenagers who knew Hannah well.
Ms Brealey said: "Quite a few of our workers were in the same year as her.
"They all know each other and all socialise together. There's an outpouring on Facebook.
"It comes as an awful shock to them. They realise we're all just one accident away from the end.
"When you're 18, you feel invincible. I think it's brought them all up sharp."
Wolds Village posted a public tribute to Hannah on its Facebook page.
It said: "Our beautiful Hannah, waitress and shop assistant, has been taken from us at the tender age of 18.
"Everyone here is heartbroken and send all our love to her lovely family."
Humberside police casualty reduction officer Simon Carlisle works with schools to encourage young drivers to stay safe.
He said it was sad to hear of another teenager killed on the East Riding's roads.
PC Carlisle said: "What's very unfortunate is that it's yet another young driver on a rural road in our county.
"We're concentrating on young drivers and increasing our presentations to colleges and sixth-form students in the East Riding.
"I will be looking into the crash and seeing if any safety lessons can be learnt."
On Twitter as well as Facebook, users voiced their sadness about what happened.
One wrote: "Haven't seen a starry sky for ages and tonight there's one with a really bright star standing right out. RIP Hannah x ."
Other friends used the Twitter hashtag #riphannah to pay their respects.
One user said: "Never take life for granted. I've lost a good friend today who had her whole life in front of her, rest in peace Hannah."
Another tweet read: "Can't believe what an awful day today has been, how life can just be taken away in a split second."
Hannah suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened just before 10am on Friday on the B1249, which was closed on the Octon side of the Driffield roundabout.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information should call 101, quoting log 180 of Friday, November 16.