Paige Rice, 22, was a passenger in an Audi S3 when it crashed head on into a Mercedes taxi inside the Queensway Tunnel, in the early hours of Sunday, October 17 last year
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A grieving mum has issued a heartfelt plea to the “thoughtless” people sharing a video of a horror crash that killed her “beautiful baby girl” on social media.
Paige Rice, 22, was a passenger in an Audi S3 when it was involved in a fatal smash with a Mercedes taxi in the Queensway Tunnel in October last year.
Her ex-partner Callum Miller, 27, a laborer from Stockport, was clocking speeds of 98mph as he drove the Audi through the tunnel – which connects Liverpool and Birkenhead.
An inquest into their deaths, held at Gerard Majella Courthouse in Kirkdale on January 31, heard Merseyside Police initially launched a criminal investigation into a potential offense of causing death by dangerous driving.
But the probe was dropped when it became clear Callum would not survive.
Dashcam footage of the crash, which also left the taxi driver with “life-changing” injuries to his leg and hip, has now emerged on social media, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Clare Rice, Paige’s mum said she has not been able to sleep since finding out that the video was circulating online as she asked people to remove any posts containing the footage.
Ms Rice wrote: “Yesterday, I found out there’s a video circulating on social media, a video of the crash that killed my daughter.
“Now I have no idea who has this video and how it’s got online but I want you to know, I’ve not slept since and I feel sick to the stomach.
“After we lost Paige I was asked if I wanted to view the footage, I chose not to for my own sanity.
“When you grieve someone who’s died and in such a tragic way, Your mind chooses what to think about and what to block out.
“Finding out the video was online has been really triggering for me, moments which I’d been blocking out to survive my days were now at the forefront of my mind.
“Why would you want to watch my daughter’s last moments?
“I’m heartbroken, the thought of strangers, people who don’t know Paige or me watching something so traumatic and distressing.
“When people post such personal pictures or videos without consent, it can have a serious impact on people’s lives.”
Ms Rice said her life has been “turned upside down” by the death of her daughter as she shared a series of photos of herself with Paige growing up.
She continued: “I’m still Paige’s mum and I still have that protective instinct.
“I know Paige would hate that this video is online.
“Look at these pictures, this is my beautiful baby girl Paige.
“She was taken from us in October, only 22 years old. No matter how old your child gets, they’re still our babies.
“I had Paige at a young age and it’s Pretty much always been us three.
“My life has revolved around my children and making sure they never went without.
“I can’t tell you how much my life has been turned upside down since losing my daughter.
“When you lose a child, just getting through an hour is an accomplishment.
“The last five months has been a blur when it comes to time and I don’t know how I’m surviving each day with this heartache, a pain you will never know, unless you’ve lived it.
“To cause added stress and upset is disrespectful and thoughtless.
“My life will never be the same again.
“I’ve lost my daughter and my friend and my son has lost his sister and we’ve all lost a massive piece of our lives.
“Paige left behind many broken hearts, she is loved and now missed by so many people, someone’s daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend.
“We don’t deserve any more upset. I hope the posts are removed, I’d be extremely thankful.”