In September 2008 Louise Ferreira, 17, from Thamesmead, in south-east London, died after being airlifted to hospital after the Discovery she was in overturned into a swollen river on the unsurfaced Strata Florida road, near the Llyn Brianne reservoir in mid Wales. She was travelling with a group who were greenlaning for the weekend when the accident happened. Inspector Robert Price, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said flood water in the river had caused the vehicle to 'lose its footing'. The teenager was taken to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth following a rescue operation which involved three helicopters.
In November 2008, the driver of the Discovery was charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of the teenager. In August this year, Brian Johnson, 45, from Belvedere, Kent, admitted the charge following the incident involving the Discovery near Llyn Brianne, Powys, on 5 September 2008. Johnson was also banned from driving for three years when sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court last week.
In a family statement following her death, Louise's mother said she had been on holiday to celebrate her 'excellent' exam results.
The statement added, 'She was so loving towards her family, so funny and would make us all laugh. My golden girl. I'll miss her forever, a part of me died with her. She always wanted to go so far in life, and never asked for anything in return and always aimed high. She never gave up.'