Teenage girl killed by suspected drug driver on New Year’s Eve had ‘plans for so many things to do’

Olivia Kolek died in a New Year's Eve crash after she was hit by a grey Mercedes car in Rowley Regis, Sandwell - West Midlands Police
Olivia Kolek died in a New Year's Eve crash after she was hit by a grey Mercedes car in Rowley Regis, Sandwell - West Midlands Police

The family of a 14-year-old girl killed by a suspected drug driver on New Year’s Eve have paid tribute to the teenager, describing her as the “brightest star” in their lives.

Olivia Kolek had just been to wish her mother, Izabela Maziakowska, 41, a happy New Year at the Post Office in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, where she worked, on Friday afternoon when she was struck by a grey Mercedes car.

Two female healthcare workers, who were driving past the scene, stopped and tried to perform CPR while they waited for emergency crews to arrive. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the teenager and she was declared dead at the scene.

The 39-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who stopped following the accident, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs.

He has since been released pending further enquiries and while police await forensic test results.

‘The brightest star’

In a tribute issued by West Midlands Police, Olivia’s family said: “Our love, our heart, our life. We will love you forever and longer.

"She had a lot of plans for so many things to do. She was the brightest star in our life.”

After saying goodbye to her mother, Olivia had been on her way to a party with friends when she was struck by the car.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said the force was appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Flowers are laid at the pedestrian crossing near Rowley Regis station in a tribute to the teenager - Matthew Cooper /PA
Flowers are laid at the pedestrian crossing near Rowley Regis station in a tribute to the teenager - Matthew Cooper /PA

The spokesman added: "If you saw what happened or saw the grey Mercedes driving in the build-up to the crash then please get in touch.

"And if you have dash-cam footage showing the incident then we also want to hear from you."

Sergeant Julie Lyman, from the force's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said previously: "This is a truly awful way to start the New Year and my heart goes out to the girl's family and friends.

"We've started an investigation to understand what happened and the driver has been arrested as we believe he was driving while unfit through drugs.

"The investigation is clearly in the early stages and I would urge people not to speculate online about what happened.”

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