Mum ‘sickened’ as video of horror crash that killed daughter is shared online

A mum has been left ‘heartbroken and unable to sleep’ after discovering that a video of the horror crash that killed her ‘beautiful baby girl’ is being shared on social media.

Claire Rice lost her daughter Paige, 22, when the Audi S3 she was traveling in collided head first into a Mercedes taxi inside the Queensway Tunnel in the early hours of Sunday, October 17 last year.

The Audi was being driven at 98mph by Paige’s ex-boyfriend Callum Miller, a 27-year-old laborer from Stockport, who also died from his injuries.

An inquest held into the deaths at Gerard Majella Courthouse in Kirkdale on January 31 heard that Merseyside Police initially aa criminal investigation into a potential charge of causing death by dangerous driving launched against Mr Miller.

However, the case was later dropped when it became clear that he was not going to survive, the Liverpool Echo reports.

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.

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.

Paige Rice with mum Clare and brother Tyler.

“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 3. My life has revolved around my children and making sure they never went without.

Clare Rice said she can't sleep since a video of the crash that killed her daughter started circulating on social media.
Clare Rice said she can’t sleep since a video of the crash that killed her daughter started circulating on social media.

“I can’t tell you how much my life has been turned upside down since losing my daughter. When you loose 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.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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