A mother of two from Rotherham has been described as ‘bright’ and ‘bubbly’ after she sadly died when she fell from a bridge over the M18 on Saturday 30 October at around 2.40pm.

The family of Nikita Johnson, 23, from Maltby, released a tribute yesterday, which said: “Nikita was a bright and bubbly person. She would certainly light up the room when she walked in. She was funny and such a great character to be around.

“Nikita lived for her family and when she wasn’t at home she was out at a party, living her best life. Nikita had so much love to give and would be there for anyone that needed her. She was such a loyal friend. We just all wish she knew she would’ve had that in return.

“Nikita lived with her sister and had two boys, Layton and Jensen, who she loved and adored so much. We are all devastated about the events that led to her death and it has left a huge void in all our lives.”

The motorway was closed after her death between 2.45am to 6.15pm and the bridge was closed to pedestrians.

Nikita’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers at this difficult time and have requested their privacy continues to be respected.