A TEENAGER who died when the car she was a passenger in hit a wall in Pensnett has been described by her family as a "beautiful princess.’"

Charlie Leigh Burgoyne, 17, died at the scene in Tansey Green Road, despite the efforts of emergency services.

The crash happened in the early hours of Thursday - Arthur Pinches, aged 27 - has since been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the incident.

The heartbroken family of apprentice hairdresser Charlie paid tribute to their daughter today (Saturday).

They said: “Sadly it is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the tragic loss of my daughter.

“Charlie Leigh Burgoyne tragically passed away in the early hours of Thursday 23rd May, 2019.

“We are totally shocked and devastated at the loss of our beautiful princess.

“Charlie was my life; she was beautiful right to her core.

"She is loved deeply by all of her family and friends.

"Charlie was a popular girl and there are people out there that truly cared for her.

“Charlie was only 17 and may have been looked upon as a girl but I know that my daughter was heading to become a wonderful lady with a beautiful soul, such a strong character with a strong head on those shoulders.”

Rootz salon in Tiled House Lane, Brierley Hill, where Charlie was an apprentice hairdresser, closed for the day on Thursday, with staff and customers reeling after the horrifying news.

Hundreds of people paid tribute to Charlie on the salon's Facebook page at Katie Capewell Rootz. 

The salon posted: "Our beautiful Charlie Leigh who will always be remembered. There will only be one Charlie."

Mandy Harper posted: "Our hearts are in a million pieces...such a gorgeous and beautiful girl. Her smile lit up the shop and she had fit in so well, with all you lovely girls...she'll leave a huge gap...always 
remember her with a smile, just as she would have loved!! 
"God bless her and keep her...always... "

Jackie Read posted: "Sending love and thoughts to you all at Rootz. Such a beautiful girl inside and out.....always a smile. RIP Charlie."

Manny Kelay, Principal at Thorns Collegiate Academy, where Charlie was a former student, said: “The loss of a young life is always a tragedy and the academy community feels it deeply.

"Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with Charlie’s family at this sad time.

"Charlie was a warm, caring student, who made strong and lasting relationships within the academy.

"Many staff and students remember her fondly, and she will be much missed.”

Pinches, of High Oak in Brierley Hill, appeared at Dudley Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Friday) charged with causing death by dangerous driving and dangerous driving.

He was remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Wolverhampton Crown Court in June.

West Midlands Police said Charlie's family "continue to be supported by specialist officers at this difficult time."