The family of a woman killed after colliding with a car in Preston say they are “devastated”.
Rachel Murphy, who has been confirmed as 23-years-old and from Preston by police, died after she collided with a BMW while crossing the road on Brockholes Brow yesterday at 6.40pm.
The Liverpool FC fan was one of two killed in the incident, the other 17-year-old Shelby Maher, and her family have released the following statement.
It says: “We the family of Rachel Marie Murphy are devastated. Rachel was the oldest child of four children to Helen Lefferty and Joseph Murphy. She was a very happy go lucky girl, an avid football fanatic and wherever Rachel was she would always have a group of children following.
“She always took all the youngsters from her neighbourhood to play football at the local park. She was a very polite, well-mannered girl who had a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody. Rachel was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin to many and will be missed by so many. We the family would like to have some privacy at this time while we try and come to terms with our loss.”
The 23-year-old was killed at the scene, say Lancashire Police, and the 17-year-old was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
A 15-year-old girl, who was also injured while crossing the road, and was also taken to Royal Preston Hospital before being transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital. Police believe she may have suffered a broken arm and leg.
Flowers now lay at the scene of the incident, one bunch with a note saying: “R.I.P Rachel and Shelby, such a tragedy, Joshua and Robinsons”.
The group were following two other teenagers who had already crossed the road and Preston Police closed the road for three and a half hours while an investigation took place.
The driver of the BMW, a 21-year-old man from Blackburn, was not injured but was treated for shock.
Sgt James Power, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “Two young people have tragically lost their lives in this collision and their families are being supported at this time by specially trained officers.
“I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened to contact the police on 101 quoting log number 1233 of April 21.”
An investigation is now underway to establish the details of the crash but the road has reopened.