Tributes have flooded in after two young woman were killed on a busy road.
Rachel’s devastated family released a tribute yesterday as friends and family of both victims left messages of condolence on Facebook and the Evening Post website.
The 23-year-old Liverpool FC fan’s family said: “We, the family of Rachel Marie Murphy, are devastated. Rachel was the oldest 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.
Two young people have tragically lost their lives in this collision and their families are being supported at this time by specially trained officers.Sgt James Power
“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.”
Flowers now lie at the scene of the incident, with one bunch having a note reading: “R.I.P Rachel and Shelby, such a tragedy, Joshua and Robinsons”.
Melissa Jenkins posted on the LEP’s Facebook to say: “R.I.P Rach going to miss you so much such sad news gone at a young age R.I.P gawj xxx”. Shannon Louise Ormson wrote: “Rest in peace Shelby, gone but never forgotten. fly high little cuz.”
A 15-year-old girl was also injured in the collision and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital before being transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Police believe she may have suffered a broken arm and leg.
Peter Breakell posted on the LEP website to say: “Such a tragedy! Rachel will be missed by many, such a lovely girl, can’t begin to imagine what you are all going through, sending my sympathy to the two families that have lost there daughter, sister, niece, auntie. R.I.P Rachel fly high R.I.P Shelby”.
The group were following two other teenagers who had already crossed. 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.
It comes less than two years after 14-year-old Reece Whitehead was killed after a car collided with his bike on the same road.
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 how the crash happened.