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Teenager killed in double fatal on A59 named

Shelby Maher and Rachel Murphy
Shelby Maher and Rachel Murphy

[A] second girl who died in collision on the A59 at Brockholes Brow, Preston on Wednesday evening (20 April) has been named as Shelby Maher, 17, from Preston.

The other woman who died has been named as Rachel Murphy, 23, from Preston.

The collision happened at about 6.40pm on Wednesday (April 20th) when a group of five youngsters were walking up Brockholes Brow parallel to the two lane stretch which leads towards the city centre.

As the group crossed the road three of them were struck by a BMW travelling towards the city centre in lane two.

Rachel was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Shelby Maher, 17-year-old girl, also from Preston, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital where she was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

A 15-year-old girl was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital and then transferred to the Manchester Children’s Hospital suffering from a possible broken leg and arm. Her condition is described as stable.

The driver of the BMW, a 21-year-old man from Blackburn, was not injured but was treated for shock.

Rachel’s family has released the following tribute this afternoon: “We the family of Rachel Marie Murphy are devastated. Rachel was the oldest child 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. 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.”

Shelby Maher’s family have paid the following tribute to her: “The family of 17 year old Shelby Lauren Maher are devastated by the loss of a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin.

“Shelby was the eldest of two daughters to Melanie Maher. She could be shy with those that she did not know, however once she did know you, she could be the best friend you could ever wish for. She loved to sing and loved her music.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, cards and flowers. Shelby will be missed by many and our family would like some privacy at this time so that we can come to terms with our loss.”

Our appeal for information is still on-going so if you saw or know something that could help, please call us on 101 quoting log number 1233 of April 20th.

The road was closed for three and a half hours for accident investigation. Our appeal for information continues.

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 20th.”

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