A firefighter in the UK was reportedly left devastated when he arrived at the scene of a horrific car accident — where he discovered his 21-year-old daughter dead in the wreckage.
Adrian Smith was on duty in Haverfordwest in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire on Sunday evening when he responded to the three-vehicle crash, the Telegraph reported.
Upon arrival, he saw the mangled remains of his daughter Ella’s white Ford Ka, which her boyfriend had been driving as she sat in the passenger seat, according to the news outlet.
Smith watched in anguish as Ella’s body was extricated from the wreck. Her boyfriend suffered serious injuries, along with a man and a woman in another car.
“It must have been a complete nightmare for Adrian to find his own daughter was the victim,” a family friend told the Telegraph. “Ella was a lovely girl, they are a lovely family. Everyone is shock and totally devastated.”
Ella had been enjoying the day at the beach at Broad Haven before she and her boyfriend drove home in her car, which is believed to have overturned on a curve and been struck by another vehicle.
Smith, Ella’s mom, Maria, and her brother and sister were reportedly being supported by specialist police officers after the tragedy.
The tragic woman’s dad posted an image on social media of him and Ella, a bakery worker and trainee nurse, dancing at a family party when she was little.
Tributes poured in for the young woman, who was described as a “beautiful young lady” and “the kindest soul you could meet.”
Pal Chloe Kinsella said: “Yet again another gorgeous person taken away from us, the world is so cruel. I loved every minute of speaking to you Ella, you never failed to make me laugh. One of the best.”
Another friend, Sarah Studley, called Ella “the sweetest girl ever. Just a beautiful, beautiful girl who will be so very sorely missed.”
In a statement, the family said: “We are utterly devastated at losing our beloved Ella. She was a much loved and caring daughter, sister and granddaughter.
“She was a beautiful girl who will be missed by us all. We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time. It has meant so much to the whole family as we grieve for our Ella,” they added.
Police are appealing for dashcam footage from other drivers at the scene of the accident between Haverfordwest and the seaside village of Broad Haven.