Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to a 26-year-old mum who died after an early morning crash.

The traumatic crash occurred in Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf over the weekend.

Rhianne Nicholas died after her red Vauxhall Adam crashed into a tree at around 3.45am on Saturday, Wales Online reports.

Ms Nicholas, who had "a heart of gold" was driving on the A4119 in Penygraig on August 29.

Her family has paid tribute to a sister and a mother who “would constantly try to make you laugh and smile no matter how dark your day”, and someone who “always put others first”.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family and especially Rhianne’s daughter, Mia.

Rhianne Nicholas crashed into a tree and died in Wales

Rhianne’s brother Scott Nicholas, who set up the page, 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.

“For everyone who knew her and would like to help in saying goodbye - we as a family have setup a GoFundMe page to help not only with the arrangements we must once again make so soon after losing both our parents but to pass on what remains to Mia so her life can maybe be made just that little bit brighter as she starts new full time with her father.”

Tributes to Rhianne have also poured in on social media.

A relative, 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.”

Carla-Michelle Price said on Facebook: “You’ll be so missed Rhianne, you had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. I’m truly heartbroken," while Karla Williams wrote: “I am so lost for words. Fly high my beautiful angel.”

South Wales Police is continuing to appeal for information over Saturday morning’s fatal crash, and is asking for any witnesses to contact them by calling 101.

They also confirmed that a 24-year-old woman arrested on Saturday in connection with the incident has been released under investigation.

A South Wales Police spokesman 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.”