An inquest has opened into the death of a teenager who died in a car crash in Barham. 

Bethany McCauley, 18, was the passenger of a blue Vauxhall Corsa which was involved in a crash in Thornhill Road in Barham on April 29 this year.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 12.35am after reports of the accident.

The court heard that the car had left the road, colliding with the garage of a property on Thornhill Road, causing Miss McCauley to lose consciousness.

The car's driver, also a teenaged woman, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. However, Miss McCauley died at the scene.

At the time, Miss McCauley's family issued a tribute to her through Suffolk Police.

It read: "Bethany was the bright light that lit up our lives. A real force of nature. Loud and funny, yet at times quiet and happy in her own company. 

"During both primary and high school, she loved a variety of sports and was on the high school netball team all throughout her time at Claydon High School.

"She enjoyed cooking and baking at home as well as cleaning and organising. 

“Therefore, it should have come as no surprise when she went to work at Park View residential care home as a domestic.

“This also allowed her to show her caring nature as she was able to spend time talking to the residents and on occasion would sit and hold their hand.

"She was very pleased to win the award for favourite domestic which was voted for by the residents. 

“Thoughtful, generous, kind and determined are all words that come to mind when we think of her."

In order for further investigation to be carried out, a full inquest into Miss McCauley's death has been adjourned until March 25 next year.

A case review will be carried out on December 19.