A BARNSLEY woman who died after being hit by an articulated lorry has been described as 'beautiful' and a 'top lass' by friends and family.

Leonie Louise Davies, 25, of Heysham Green, Monk Bretton, died after being hit by the white Renault lorry at about 5.15am on Good Friday.

Police believe she had been walking along Pontefract Road with a man and a woman when the crash happened on the junction of Wycombe Street, Lundwood.

She was taken to hospital for treatment but died hours later.

Writing on her Facebook profile, her brother Kirk said he was heartbroken.

He added: "Sat in Royston Park thinking about our childhood, it was good. Love you."

Katrina Louise Townend wrote: "RIP my beautiful cousin Leonie Davies. Fly with the angels, can't believe you are gone. Miss you."

Friend Sarah Johnson said: "Cannot believe this has happened. Having you as my best friend for the last 15 years has been a privilege. So many memories and yet we still should have had plenty more to make.

"You were always more than a best friend to me, always there when I needed you and always knew how to turn my frown upside down.

"If it wasn't for you, my life would not be the way it is now. Words can't explain how much I am going to miss you or how sad I am now you are gone."

A police spokesman said the lorry was being driven along Pontefract Road towards Cundy Cross.

It is thought the 41-year-old driver, also from Barnsley, was not hurt.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 135 of Friday, April 18.