Dudley crash: Heartbroken family hail ‘beautiful princess’ after death


Tributes pour for tragic Charlie Leigh Burgoyne

HEARTBROKEN: Charlie’s family pay tribute to their “beautiful princess” (Pic: Birmingham Live (left) PA (right) )

Charlie Leigh Burgoyne died at the scene despite emergency services trying to revive her. 

The horrific car crash happened in Pensnett, on Thursday. 

Emergency services rushed to the scene but despite trying to revive Charlie, she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Arthur Pinches, 27, of High Oak in Brierley Hill, appeared at Dudley Magistrates’ Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving and dangerous driving.

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

Burgoyne family

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

Today, Charlie’s devastated family 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, May 23, 2019.

“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.

Scene where Charlie Leigh Burgoyne who was killed

HORRIFIC SCENE: Charlie Leigh Burgoyne sadly died at the scene (Pic: Birmingham Live )

“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.”

Her family continue to be supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

Manny Kelay, principal at Thorns Collegiate Academy, where Charlie was a student, also paid tribute. 

She said: “The loss of a young life is always a tragedy and the academy community feels it deeply. 

Floral tributes for Charlie Leigh Burgoyne

TRIBUTES: The horrific car crash happened in Pensnett, Dudley on Thursday (Pic: Birmingham Live)

“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.”

Floral tributes for the 17-year-old

SAD LOSS: Emergency services rushed to the scene to try and revive Charlie (Pic: Birmingham Live)

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