Remembering tragic teen Zoe

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Friends of tragic car crash teen Zoe Dunn are planning to remember her with the creation of a DVD of photos and videos.

A unique piece of music has also been written in her memory, by composer Paul Wilkins.

Zoe Dunn was killed when her car collided with a tree on the south Deeside Road

Zoe Dunn was killed when her car collided with a tree on the south Deeside Road

The pretty 18-year-old died after her blue Renault Clio left the B9077 South Deeside road near Maryfield House, between the Bridge of Feugh and Durris, and hit a tree at around 3.50pm on Thursday (May 10). Emergency services attended but the former Aboyne Academy pupil, of Bellwood Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her funeral is to take place at Aberdeen Crematorium’s West Chapel at 2.55pm tomorrow (Friday).

Numerous floral tributes were left at the scene, including one from her Mum, Debbie, stating: “Zoe, our beautiful ray of sunshine. Fly with the angels, my love. Miss you so much, love you forever, Mum x”

Following news of the tragedy, an online memorial page was quickly created and now has around 600 members, with scores of tributes left to the popular youngster.

A slideshow of images of Zoe and friends has been created on the site, by Mhairi Morrison, and one post, from Beth Clay, said: “‎’For some moments in life there are no words.’ Love you, my gorgeous little cousin xx”

Another, from Catherine McIntosh, said: “I can’t believe this has happened...My thoughts are with your family! This has brought back all those memories of our younger years and all of our adventures we had! You will be greatly missed and cherished! Xxx”

A statement issued on behalf of the family this week said: “Zoe, precious, cherished daughter of Stephen and Debbie, supportive, loving sister to Daniel. An immense sadness is overwhelming the family at this time.

“Zoe had everything to live for and had planned and successfully been accepted to begin college in September to follow her dream to become a nurse.

“A hard working young girl, preparing her for her role as a nurse by working at Allachburn Care Home. She enjoyed her time working at the after school club, having fun helping the children out.

“Zoe had a love for life and shared her time with lots of friends and her long standing boyfriend Scott Inglis, who she loved dearly. Many happy hours they spent together.

“Zoe grew up with a love for animals, especially her dog, Maya and caring for the horses, Cassie and Pixie.

“The family would like to extend their thanks for all the comfort and support they have received.”

Via the online memorial page, Zoe’s friends have discussed ways to remember her - including a bench or pavilion in her home village of Aboyne.

In one post, her uncle, Keith Johnson, said he planned to make a DVD for friends and family and had also contacted a composer friend, Paul Wilkins, who created a piece of music in Zoe’s memory, entitled Why?

Friend Craig Pirie, who set up the online memorial page, suggested proceeds from the DVD could go to a charity of the family’s choosing.

Police believe Zoe’s Clio travelled east along the A93 through Banchory before turning into Dee Street, Banchory, then joining the South Deeside road at the Bridge of Feugh. Anyone who may have seen a similar car in that area around the time of the collision is asked to contact them on 0845 600 5700.

Zoe, who left school last year, had worked as a lodge housekeeper at the Hilton in Ballater from March 2008 until September 2011, and then as a domestic assistant at Allachburn Care Home, Aboyne, to the present.

Following the horror crash, the B9077 at the scene was closed for five hours to allow investigations to be carried out and local diversions were put in place.

The South Deeside road has seen a number of accidents recently, including one in which 31-year-old Jamie Grieg died after his Volvo hit a wall and burst into flames at Maryculter Bridge on the South Deeside Road on May 6.

Last month, two motorists escaped serious injury after their cars left the road in separate incidents.

Safety measures, including warning signs, have been erected along the busy commuter route to try to cut the accident rate.

* Grampian Police have expressed serious concern over the actions of several young drivers over the weekend period. They said the poor driving came despite the fact that investigations were continuing into the circumstances of the two recent separate fatal road traffic collisions. Whilst there is nothing to link the two most recent fatal road traffic collisions to the type of behaviour witnessed by officers over the weekend, the deaths again highlight the vulnerability of young motorists.

Grampian Police is now reiterating their message for young drivers to drive responsibly and with care at all times.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, head of road policing said: “Despite these recent sad events, the weekend period saw a number of young drivers failing to drive responsibly and through good fortune, the worst that befell them was being stopped by the police. On another day, the circumstances could have ended up in something far more serious.”

Three men aged 17, 18 and 22 were reported for drink-driving offences in Aberdeen and in Aberdeenshire, two men aged 23 and 24, along with a 23-year-old woman were reported for travelling at speeds between 88 and 118mph on the A90 near Balmedie. The woman was also reported for a drink driving offence.