Teenager dies in car river plunge
A teenage student has died after the car she was in left a country road and plunged into a river.
It is believed that 19-year-old Katie Ann Bagwell drowned after becoming trapped in the front passenger seat of the Fiat Punto hatchback, when it was submerged in the River Parrett in Somerset last Sunday.
The driver, a 21-year-old male, and a second female passenger managed to escape the accident, which occurred at around 1am.
Emergency services attended the accident site, but Ms Bagwell was declared dead at the scene. The driver was subsequently arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Avon and Somerset police are investigating the crash in an attempt to determine what caused the vehicle to leave the road.
The force said: "We are appealing for witnesses following the death of a woman after the car in which she was travelling ended up submerged in the River Parrett," The Mirror reports.
"The male driver managed to escape from the vehicle in the incident which happened near to Martock during the early hours of Sunday October 19.
"The driver was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries."
Tributes to Ms Bagwell flooded social media sites as news of her death broke, with messages left on a Facebook page dedicated to her memory.
One entry read: "Such sad news. Such a sweet and beautiful girl so talented and kind. Thoughts are with her family and those who loved her. We will never forget her.xx"