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A teenager tragically killed in a crash in Coxheath was a 'bright, happy' student who was hoping to pursue a career in medicine.
That's from Invicta Grammar School headteacher Julie Derrick, who has praised 16-year-old Zoe Georgiou as a "lovely student".
It comes after the teenager died when she was knocked down by a car on Saturday night.
In a statement issued today, Mrs Derrick said: "Invicta Grammar School is very saddened to hear of the loss of Zoe Georgiou who was a very bright, happy sixth form student with a gentle personality and a strong creative streak."
Zoe was studying AS levels in psychology, biology, chemistry and English and had already achieved 11 GCSEs.
She had shown an interest in studying medicine at university and taking up a medical career
Mrs Derrick added: "She will be sorely missed by all her friends at Invicta and by her teachers.
"We are devastated to have lost such a lovely student in such tragic circumstances. Our thoughts are very much with Zoe’s family at this very sad time."
She said the school was liaising with Zoe's parents, and wanted to pay a tribute to the pupil, but would be guided by family and friends.
The tribute comes as flowers have been laid at the site Zoe lost her life.
Touching tributes came after the girl, who died after being struck by a car in Heath Road, was named as Zoe Georgiou.
The teenager was walking along the road with her boyfriend at around 6pm on Saturday when the accident happened.
As she crossed the B2163 near Park Way she was struck by a silver Mazda, which was travelling in the direction of Boughton Monchelsea.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Facebook tribute page set up to remember Zoe has now been 'liked' by more than 3,500 people.
Friends urged others to wear bright clothes to classes at Invicta Grammar today, in honour of the popular pupil.
One friend wrote: "Such a sad loss of a bright and beautiful girl".
Others on Facebook paid tribute, including Andrew Baker, who said: "I'm really sad to hear you have passed away at such a young age with you whole life to look forward to.
"My thoughts and prayers are with your family everybody who knew you at this very sad and difficult time. xx"
Another, Denise Warwick-Fox, said: "Another young Angel! Another shining star! Sleep peacefully."
And Vivien Ibarra said: "Sweet dreams Zoe, may you rest peacefully with the angels such a beautiful young girl. Thoughts are with your family."
Crash investigators would now like to speak to anyone who might have witnessed the collision, or who might have earlier seen either the vehicle or Zoe and her boyfriend.
Anyone with information is asked to phone the serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538.
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