A FAMILY were left heartbroken after their “perfect” daughter died after a Mercedes hit a bridge, leaving a passenger and driver seriously injured.
Nadia Yusuf, 17, tragically died in the crash in Manchester city centre just before midnight on Monday.
The 17-year-old was a front-seat passenger in the car, which crashed into a railway bridge on Mancunian Way.
A man, 18, who was sitting in the back of the car, suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in a critical condition, police said.
The driver, a 23-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.
Nadia’s mum has now paid tribute to her “beautiful and happy” daughter – who was looking forward to a “bright future.”
She said: “Nadia (may rabb rest her soul in Jannah) died tragically in a road accident and all those who loved her are still in shock and disbelief.
“She was my first born and best friend. Nadia was not only physically beautiful but she had an equally beautiful heart as attested by all the people paying their respects to the family.
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“Nothing was ever too much for her and taking charge of her siblings was only one of the chores she happily performed.
“Nadia was a happy teen who was beloved to everyone who crossed her path and she was enjoying her life and looking forward to a bright future.
“I can’t, and won’t, tire of saying she was cheerful, caring and thoughtful to all that knew her and beyond. She truly touched the hearts of everyone she met.”
The devastated mum said that she was the “perfect” daughter and was. a great role model for her brothers and sisters.
The mum said: “Not only was she a perfect daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, but she was also a great role model for her siblings.
“She will be greatly missed and as our Islamic traditions state, inalilahu was ina ilehi rajioon (verily we belong to God, and verily to him we return).
“As a family, we would like to thank everyone who has taken time to pay their respects as well as all the emergency crews who helped her. Thank you and jazak kheyran for all the kind gestures and messages.
“This reminds us that death has been decreed by Allah, and we will all return to our creator.”
It is understood Nadia was a past pupil at Manchester Academy, in Moss Side, south Manchester.
Principal James Eldon said the school community was devastated by her loss.
Mr Eldon said: “Everyone at Manchester Academy is devastated to learn that one of our ex-students has tragically died in a car accident and that another ex-student is critically ill following the crash.
“We all send the families our love and prayers at this horrendous time.”
No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the crash. Floral tributes have been left at the scene.