A GRIEF-STRICKEN father who was on the scene just seconds after his daughter's fatal cycle crash has paid a moving tribute to her.
Alan Scott was cycling with Rebecca (pictured), 24, of Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, when her bike hit the wall of a house in Branscombe.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the collision, but it is understood she lost control of her bike while travelling down a hill.
Despite the attendance of the emergency services, including the air ambulance, Rebecca, known as Becky, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her father said the family, which includes her mother Sue and younger brother Matthew, are devastated. Mr Scott said: "All I can say about what happened is that she lost control on a descent and had an accident. I did not see the point of impact. She went past me and I heard the accident but I was there beside her within seconds."
The accident happened shortly after 2pm on Saturday.
Mr Scott added: "There was a nurse that happened to be there. Paramedics then arrived, as did the air ambulance, but there was nothing they could do for her.
"The reason she was out on Saturday was she was training for the 100-mile Lochaber 100 in Scotland that is taking place at the end of August.
"She wanted to get some miles in. She had done some with her mother in the morning and cycled down to do some with me in the afternoon."
Rebecca, a former pupil of Clyst St Mary Primary School and Clyst Vale Community College, graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Returning to her home village at the end of her studies, she took a job at Friends Life in Winslade Park.
Leading the tributes to his daughter, Mr Scott added: "Considerate and kind are two words I would immediately associate with Rebecca. We have started to get a lot of cards and flowers which shows just how well she was liked.
"I have just been looking through them and one of them says, 'Becky was a wonderful person who will never be forgotten.' Another one says, 'We are all thinking of you and cannot believe this has happened to such an amazing person.' Another says, 'She was the best friend I ever had the privilege of spending time with.'
"It is clear from these just how popular she was and how many people will miss her dearly."
Rebecca's biggest passion was sport and she showed an early aptitude for running when she completed the Great West Run at the age of 17.
After finishing university she got into running triathlons and was a keen member of the Exeter Triathlon Club. She also loved travelling and had recently spent time in Egypt, Lanzarote and New Zealand.
Mr Scott added: "As a family we love our sport and both myself and Rebecca's mother have taken part in triathlons. Rebecca got drawn into it when she came back from university.
"She was also well-known as a marshal at local events."
The chairman of the parish council in Clyst St Mary Mike Norman said: "I am sure the whole community will get behind me to offer our condolences to the family over their sad loss.
"It is such a tragic incident and really sad that such a promising young life has been taken away."
Details of Rebecca's funeral have yet to be confirmed.