The heartbroken parents of a 19-year-old girl who died after being hit by a lorry have paid tribute to their "loving and gentle" daughter.

Grace Brockelsby, 19, was killed in the crash in Boston, Lincolnshire, on Wednesday.

An inquest into her death is yet to be held, but Miss Brockelsby's father, Lee, has said his daughter had struggled with her mental health.

"I'm in bits. We all are," he told Lincolnshire Live .

"The only thing keeping us going is telling ourselves Grace is where she wants to be.

"All I want is for her to be happy and if our sadness is what it takes then I am willing to carry that burden knowing my first born is finally happy."

Grace lived with her mum, but still spoke with her dad and siblings Ambie and Summer whenever she could.

She was also close to her nanny Rita, her father's mum.

Lee said he last saw his daughter at the Co-op store where she worked the day before she died.

She had text her dad the next day to share the news that she was planning to visit Bristol Temple Meads University and look at a psychology and mental health nursing course, as she hoped to help others undergoing the similar struggles she herself had experienced.

He continued: "She would enter a room and her presence would be known immediately and it would be filled with life and laughter.

"She had the biggest blue eyes and an awesome devilish laugh."

Grace's mum Thea Cox has also been left devastated by her death.

She said her daughter was a one-of-a-kind, who loved travelling and seeing the world, as well as sampling great food, listening to music and embracing different kinds of culture.

The mum-of-two says she and her daughter shared a best friend relationship, while the teen also doted on her little brother, Lenny Cox.

The heartbroken mum said: "Grace touched so many hearts.

"She was such a gentle, kind hearted, caring, elaborate, quirky, infectious indiviudal.

"She was unique and inspirational – there are no words to describe how amazing she was."

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