FRIENDS of crash victim Bethany Ovenden-Gumm stood with heads bowed as the funeral cortege for the 18-year-old student left Westbury today on her final journey.

Youngsters cried and hugged each other in small social bubbles as the black funeral hearse left the family’s home in the town.

The procession of vehicles passed down Haynes Road just after 11.45am to allow people to pay their respects.

Bethany's coffin was covered in flowers and there was a bouquet at the side from Iles & Vincent.

The cortege proceeded along Station Road before leaving Westbury via The Ham.

Groups of mourners gathered in Station Road, including two tutors from her early childhood studies course at Wiltshire College & University Centre.

Her parents, Ben and Tracie Gumm and her brothers described Bethany as a “beautiful butterfly” whose flamboyant personality and confidence could light up a whole room.

The family held a private family-only service this afternoon. They had asked mourners to wear bright colours when paying their final respects .

The family, along with Wiltshire Police, also urged people to ensure they were adhering to social distancing, wearing a mask and not gathering in groups outside of their household or support bubble.

Bethany was one of five passengers in a silver Ford Fiesta that crashed on February 5 on The Mead in Westbury.

Four other people in the vehicle were injured, two of them seriously.

The vehicle was travelling along The Mead towards the roundabout junction on the A350, near Lidl, when the accident happened.

It hit a kerb and is understood to have bounced off that before smashing into a brick garden wall and a tree.

Police said the 19-year male driver who was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, along with an 18-year-old girl who was also seriously injured, has since been released from hospital.

A 19-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both local, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Both have since been released under investigation.

If anyone would like to make donations in Beth's memory, her family have chosen The National Autistic Society.