Family and friends of two young women who were killed in a horrific car crash in the UK have paid tribute to the lifelong mates.
Ellie Crossley and Rebecca Doughty, both aged 20, were travelling home from a Christmas shopping trip about 9.30pm (local time) on Thursday when their Citroen collided with a blue BMW on a road in Mollington, near the border of Wales and England, Cheshire Police say.
Both women were pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the BMW, a 28-year-old man, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, police added.
Officers are now appealing for any witnesses or anyone with dashboard camera footage to come forward.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
'Had their whole lives ahead of them'
Since the tragic crash, family and friends have flooded social media with tributes to the “beautiful young girls” who “had their whole lives ahead of them”.
In a joint statement given to local publication Cheshire-Live, Ellie and Rebecca’s families said the pair were “lifelong friends”.
“The girls, both aged 20, were travelling home from a Christmas shopping trip when they were tragically involved in a fatal road traffic collision,” the statement reads.
“Both families, and their friends, have been left truly devastated by this tragic event and will sadly miss them.
“Close friends for their short lives, they will be in our hearts forever.”
Rebecca’s younger sister has created a GoFundMe to help both grieving families with funeral costs.
“Their lives were cruelly taken in a head-on collision, the two girls were both killed instantly,” the fundraiser reads.
“Two families’ lives have been torn apart. Any person who knew these two girls knew they have the brightest and most pure soles.
“They were the best of friends and were glued to the hip. The world will never be the same without these beautiful souls.”
More than 150 people are expected to attend a public memorial for the women on Saturday, Leader Live reported.
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