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Tribute to teenager strangled by scarf in go-kart

Suzanne Cornwell
Suzanne Cornwell was described as "vibrant and fun-loving"

The family of a Cambridgeshire teenager who died after her scarf became entangled in a kart at an indoor centre have paid tribute to her.

Suzanne Cornwell, 18, from Hardwick, was hurt at the Cambridgeshire Raceway, in Caxton, on Thursday and died in hospital the following day.

Her family said she helped care for her father with Parkinson's Disease and "played a pivotal role" in the family.

Police and South Cambridgeshire council are investigating the death.

In a statement her family said: "Suzi was a vibrant, fun-loving young woman with a promising future ahead of her.

"As a family, we are absolutely devastated and battling to come to terms with this tragedy.

Race track closed

"Suzi played a pivotal role in this family, not only as a daughter and sister, but also helping to care for her father... the gap she leaves will never be filled."

It is believed Miss Cornwell was at the race track after normal opening hours.

The East of England Ambulance Service said the teenager had suffered "critical" neck injuries and was unconscious when paramedics arrived.

Miss Cornwell was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but died the next day.

The race track was closed until further notice "due to circumstances", according to the company website.

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