A 14-year-old girl has died after suffering serious injuries when a car overturned and ended up in a burn near Ellon.
Kirsten Duguid was a passenger in an Audi A3 which left an unclassified road near Mains of Arnage around 6.20pm on Friday.
The 43-year male driver and another girl, aged 12, sustained minor injuries and were discharged from hospital. All three were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The family of Kirsten, from the Ellon area, said in a statement issued through Police Scotland: “Kirsten was a much loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, cousin and niece.
“Her kindness, generosity and kind hearted spirit touched many. Kirsten will be sorely missed and we would ask for time to grieve as a family.
“Our deepest and heartfelt thanks go to all first responders and the medical staff at ARI.”
Police said officers assisted in removing both girls from the vehicle, which was submerged.
Local area commander Chief Inspector Elaine Logue said: “This is a tragic incident which will touch the hearts of all those who knew Kirsten as well as the wider community. Our thoughts at this time are with Kirsten’s family.
“I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the emergency services who attended at the scene - it is clear brave attempts were made to free the young girls from the vehicle.
“Members of the public also assisted at the scene and I would like to thank them sincerely for everything they did to help while faced with such tragic circumstances. Police Scotland will continue to provide support to those affected at this very sad and difficult time.
“Inquiries are ongoing and at an early stage and as always I would appeal to anyone with any information, or who saw the vehicle prior to the collision, to contact Police on 101.”
The road at its junction with the A948 was closed for several hours while investigations were carried out at the scene. It re-opened around 1am.