THE family of a girl with "a heart of gold” who died in a car crash in Hillingdon are appealing for witnesses.

Kajal Pabari, 21, of Saunderton Road, Sudbury, was sitting in her broken down, maroon Vauxhall Corsa in the slow lane of the A40 on Saturday, June 20, when a breakdown truck hit the back of the car.

Police are investigating the crash and want to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

Priya Chotai, 24, Kajal's cousin, said: “For me Kajal wasn't just a cousin, she was a friend as well. A friend, a sister, a cousin – you can put her in any category.

“She had good dreams for the family. She wanted to do a lot of stuff. She had so much planned, we only just came back from holiday and she already booked another one with her best mate.

“Sadly that isn't going to happen now.”

She added: “It's really important that we get witnesses. That girl was beautiful, inside and out, and it's important we get witnesses to give her soul justice.”

Kajal, a law student at Brunel University, was on her way to her Saturday job, as a sales assistant in Uxbridge, when her car broke down near the junction with Long Lane.

She was waiting for a different recovery vehicle when the breakdown truck hit her car, at around 8.45am, and was rushed to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance.

She died on Sunday afternoon.

Family and friends have been mourning her loss, with a memorial group on social networking website Facebook attracting almost 150 members and dozens of people visiting the family home to pray for her.

Relatives say her mother and father are “devastated”.

Jayesh Pabari, another of Kajal's cousins, said: “She was the support for her whole family. You can look at her as a role model. She was a really good role model for her brother and sister.”

He added: “I would like to thank all the emergency services for what they have done for Kajal, in particular the officers at Alperton Collision Investigation Unit.”

Kajal, a former pupil at John Kelly Girls' Technology College, in Neasden, was the oldest of three siblings.

There was no hard shoulder on the A40 for her to pull into when she broke down and her relatives are calling for one to be created in the hope it might save others in the future.

Priya said: “It would be nice to have a hard shoulder on such a busy road, in case it prevents the same thing happening to someone else.”

Nabila Pathan, a spokesman for Tranpsort for London, said: “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the young woman who tragically died on the A40 this Saturday.

“Improving road safety in the Capital is our top priority and we regularly monitor our road network to see where safety can be improved.

“There are currently no plans to install a hard shoulder along this section of the A40 from the junction with Freezland Way to the onslip road from Long Lane as there is a very low collision history for this site.

“Department for Transport guidelines do not require provision of hard shoulders on A roads.”

Kajal's family is organising a funeral for Kajal but a date will not be set until after the post mortem on Thursday.

No arrests have been made.

The driver of the breakdown truck stopped at the scene.

Anyone with information can contact the witness line on 0208 998 5319.