Tribute to 'caring' Hannah Lodge after crash death on B1249 near Driffield
THE FORMER teacher of a teenager who died in a car crash has told how she had applied to work for a charity just days before her death.
Hannah Lodge, 18, was driving towards Langtoft on the B1249 when her grey Suzuki crashed into a telegraph pole on Friday morning.
Mick Cowan, her former A-level English teacher at Driffield School, said: "She looked on the world with a caring eye.
"Her friends loved her and she was true to them.
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"They will tell you what wonderful company she was and how greatly she was respected.
"To have developed these qualities and allegiances at such a young age is humbling and tells us what a rich life was ahead of her.
"She possessed a spirit that will not be forgotten by any of us."
Hannah, who completed her A-levels earlier this year, emailed Mr Cowan little over a week ago asking for a reference to support her application to work for a charity helping vulnerable people.
He said: "It wasn't at all surprising that she would do this work, she always thought compassionately about others.
"That reference was going to be very easy to write because she had so many excellent qualities."
Hannah, who lived with her family just outside Driffield and worked as a waitress at the Wolds Village café in Bainton, was thinking of studying law at university next year.
Mr Cowan said: "How brilliant she would have been in this field.
"Whichever university she would have decided to study at would soon have found how hardworking and diligent she was and what an original mind she possessed.
"They would also have found someone with a great sense of fun who could tell a story with sharp insights into human character and who could always see the humour in the world around her."
Dozens of floral tributes and candles have been left at the scene.
Although the rain has put out the flames, her friends say they will never forget Hannah.
One message read: "I know you're in heaven smiling down, until the day we meet again, in my heart is where I'll keep you."
Another, which accompanied a bouquet of flowers, said: "Words don't describe how much I miss you and love you with all my heart. I won't ever forget you."
Students at Driffield School are being offered support by staff members as they try to come to terms with Hannah's death.