Uckfield Community Technology College has paid tribute to 17-year-old teenager Maddie Burgess, who died in a collision on the A22 at East Hoathly on Saturday night.
Maddie, who hoped to read Fashion Styling and Creative Direction at university, was an active member of the Sixth Form student leadership team at the college and raised money for a variety of charities throughout her time there.
The college says: “Maddie was a vibrant, very popular and happy member of our college community, with a great sense of humour and a kind and generous nature.
“She was a joy to teach. She had any friends and was always at the centre of college life.
“She had been an active member of our Sixth Form student leadership team, raising money for various charities throughout her time here.
“Maddie was studying for three A-levels in Media, English and Business, and was applying to university to read Fashion Styling and Creative Direction.
“We are devastated by the news of this tragic accident and our thoughts are very much with her family and all of her friends.
“Students and staff at the college are being supported by each other and counselling services. She will be hugely missed and remembered by us all.”
Police say it appears Maddie died after attending East Hoathly bonfire celebrations and may have been in collision with two vehicles, a Scania lorry and a Vauxhall Insignia.
They are appealing for witnesses to assist their enquiries into the circumstances and are particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have seen a teenage girl in a red Puffa-style jacket and dark leggins in the area in the time leading up to the collision.
Anyone who witnessed the collision at the southern end of East Hoathly by-pass, close to the Thatch Garage, at 9.18pm on Saturday, or who may have any information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gorse.