1crashA grieving mother has been left disgusted after being told to pay for damage to a tree caused by a crash that killed her daughter.

The 19-year-old victim, identified only by her first name, Franziska, died after her vehicle went off a carriageway and slammed into the tree in August. The teen, who was studying to become a zookeeper, was on her way home when the accident happened in the afternoon.

Her mother was shocked when she received an invoice notifying her that she would have to pay €548 (approximately £475) for a 50cm by 35cm “wound” in the tree. The invoice was sent by authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the crash occurred. Local media report that the “wound” of the tree is merely 50cm by 35cm, which resulted in a 20 per cent loss of functionality.

Franziska was driving between the towns of Stokkem and Jakobwuellesheim, when for unknown reasons her Volkswagen Polo veered off the carriageway and hit the tree. German authorities never determined out the cause of the accident, but have blamed her for damaging the tree in the accident, sent her mother an invoice and refused to back down.