A MUM died when the car she was travelling in smashed into a tree after a rare night out away from her baby.
Rhianne Nicholas, 26, had been travelling in a red Vauxhall Adam when it veered off the A4119 in Penygraig, South Wales.
Emergency services rushed to the scene but Rhianne died on the roadside.
Her heartbroken family has now paid tribute to the "beautiful" mum – who leaves behind her baby daughter Mia.
Cousin Alanis Davies, said: “I’m still in complete shock and lost for words that this has happened to my beautiful cousin Rhianne Nicholas. Life is so precious and hers has been taken short.
“She was such a loving and strong person, I know she will be watching over Mia.
"Heaven has gained another angel; rest in peace beautiful girl.”
Rhianne’s brother Scott Nicholas has set up a fundraising page for the funeral and to donate money to little Mia.
He said: “As many of you are painfully and already aware, on August 29, at approximately 3.45am, our baby sister Rhianne sadly lost her life in a road traffic accident.
“To many of you she was a friend, to us she is forever a sister and a mother who would constantly try to make you laugh and smile no matter how dark your day and a person who would always put others first even when the world was falling apart around her.
“We appreciate the messages that so many of you have sent us with your condolences and we all apologise for not being able to respond to each and every one of you – but simply doing that would mean we would have to face the reality that is happening around us."
Scott said the fundraising page would help with arrangements but also money would be passed to Mia so "her life can maybe be made just that little bit brighter."
Mia will now live full time her with dad.
A 24-year-old woman was arrested following the crash on the A4119 at Penygraig in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales.
She has now been released under investigation.
South Wales Police continues to appeal for information over the crash which happened on Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We would like to speak with any witnesses to the collision, any person who may have dash-camera footage of the incident, or anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of the Vauxhall Adam prior to the collision.”
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