The family of a 10-year-old girl who died following a car crash in which her parents also suffered life-threatening injuries has said she was "adored by everyone she met".

Evey Rose Staley was fatally injured when the Subaru she was travelling in with her parents, Neal and Penny, collided with a Ford Puma on the A3020 Cowes Road in Newport, Isle of Wight, at about 8.30pm on Friday, Hampshire Constabulary said. She was taken to Southampton General Hospital where she died on Saturday.

Her 44-year-old father and mother, aged 41, both suffered life-threatening injuries and are being treated at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight, where they both remain in a serious condition, a police spokeswoman said.

In a statement released through Hampshire police, Evey's family described her as a popular and strong-willed young girl. It said: "She had a happy, bubbly nature and an infectious smile. Her loveable and cheeky personality made her adored by everyone she met. Evey's quirky sense of humour kept us all laughing and her passion for baking meant we were never short of homemade treats.

"Evey, being the young lady she was, loved shopping, fashion and more importantly chocolate. She had had many interests which included history (The Tudors, Victorians and the Romans) and netball where she was working hard to make this year's school team. Evey particularly loved crime investigation programmes which inspired her to want to become a police officer.

"This tragedy should never have happened to our beautiful Evey Rose who at 10 years old still had so much more to give. The entire family are deeply shocked and hurt at this devastating time.

"We would like to thank everyone in the intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital for all they did for Evey and to the intensive care unit at St Mary's Hospital for all they continue to do for Evey's mum and dad, Neal and Penny. They have been incredible.

"We would also like to thank our dear friends, neighbours and other members of the public for their amazing support. Goodnight darling, sleep tight. xx"

The driver of the Ford Puma, a 30-year-old man from Sandown, Isle of Wight, was arrested at the scene. He also suffered serious injuries and received treatment at St Mary's Hospital, the police spokesman said.

The road between Newport and Cowes was closed for several hours while officers from the roads policing unit carried out a detailed investigation of the scene. Anyone who witnessed the crash or who saw either of the vehicles prior to the incident is asked to call 101 quoting Operation Oakwood, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.