The family of a young mental health worker who died following a crash on the M23 have said she will ‘live on in our hearts forever’.

Abbie Hudson Harmes, of Icarus Avenue in Burgess Hill, was seriously injured after the silver Ford Fiesta she was driving collided with a white Volvo lorry and a blue Hyndai Ioniq on the southbound carriageway near junction ten.

The 23-year-old was flown to Kings College Hospital by air ambulance following the incident shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, May 1.

She was pronounced dead in hospital on Saturday morning (May, 4).

Her family has issued the following tribute:

“Abbie will be missed by her mum, dad, sister, fiancé and all her loving family and friends.

“Abbie was a unique, vibrant and beautiful young lady, and we are immensely proud of her many accomplishments throughout her life.

“Abbie always had a passion for helping young adults; this year she attained her dream job of becoming a mental health worker at Chalkhill which treats children and young people with serious mental health problems.

“She was such a lovely person who was with us through our darkest moments but also there through our best.

“Abbie always had a caring and loving nature, and participated in several charity events in raising money, including the Brighton pier to pier swim, three walks for St Peter and St James Hospice, took part in a spinning bike relay for MacMillan and also a hilarious mud run.

“Abbie is continuing to help others by donating her organs to three people in need.

“Abbie was loved by so many people and will leave a huge hole in everybody’s hearts.

“Abbie will live on in our hearts forever.

“We would like to thank all the emergency services at the scene and the care she received at Kings College.

“The funeral service will take place at Plumpton Racecourse on Wednesday 22 May at 2.30pm. All are welcome to attend.”

Abbie’s mother Julie, 51, was also in the vehicle and was left with minor injuries following the crash.

Police said the Volvo driver, a 22-year-old man from Middlesex, and the Hyndai driver, a 54-year-old man from Bognor, also had minor injuries.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses to the incident, and anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call 101, or email [email protected], quoting Operation Stonewall.