Tributes have flooded in for a woman and a teenager killed after being hit by a car.
Yesterday evening, 23-year-old Rachel Marie Murphy and 17-year-old Shelby Maher were struck by a BMW while crossing the road on the A59, Brockholes Brow, Preston at 6.40pm.
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 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”.
And dozens of people have sent their condolences on the LEP Facebook page after the news broke earlier this morning.
Sarah Southworth posted: “I do not know them, but very sad news. RIP xx” and Dave Jones said: “Rest in peace girls xx” Michaela Wilkinson wrote to say: “RIP girls, such a tragic accident. Thoughts are with all families.”
They weren’t the only ones as Sandra Cheadle wrote: “So sad 2 young lives taken x” as well as Elizabeth Keith, who posted: “So sad, rip”.
Many also took to the LEP website, like user Stressed1977, who wrote: “R.I.P the 2 young Girls, Rachel and Shelby. Hope the young lady makes a full recovery and thoughts with their friends who would of witnessed this, won’t be easy for them either.” User, Mr Chairman, also commented on the story to say: “Such an absolutely disaster for everyone in our area... the loss of such life such young life is absolutely heartbreaking.”
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 23-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 21st.”
An investigation is now underway to establish the details of the crash but the road has reopened.
More details to follow.