A teenage girl killed in a New Year’s Eve road collision has been named as Olivia Kolek as her family pay tribute to their “brightest star”.

Olivia was in Station Road, near Rowley Regis railway station, at around 4.45pm on 31 December when she was struck by a grey Mercedes.

Paramedics attended the scene but tragically there was nothing could be done to save the 14-year-old and she was pronounced dead just before 5.30pm.

Olivia Kolek
Olivia Kolek

The driver, a 39-year-old man, stopped and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving while under the influence of drugs. 

He has since been released under investigation while we await forensic test results and carry our further enquiries. 

Olivia’s family have asked us to release this tribute on their behalf: “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.

“We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”

West Midlands police are still appealing for any witnesses who’ve not yet spoken, to come forward. 

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.

It’s best to message us on Live Chat through our website or you can email our Serious Collision Investigation Unit directly at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@westmidlands.police.uk