The devastated mother of a young woman who died on her way to Creamfields has appealed to those traveling to the festival this weekend to be careful on the roads.
Dominique Williams, a dance and performing arts student at Edge Hill University in Maghull, was on her way to Creamfields with her friends in 2009 when she was killed in a car crash.
The 20-year-old was excited to go to the festival, which took place over the August bank holiday weekend, but she never returned home.
Now, 12 years after the crash that killed her daughter, Lesley Williams has appealed to festival-goers to stay safe on the roads to and from the festival.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Lesley, 57, warned there were a host of dangers this year, including Covid and road accidents.
“Things can so easily happen, but the devastation left behind is just unbelievable even now,” she said.
“It’s still a big deal, there are loads of flowers on her grave, there are messages. It’s been a constant since we lost her. It means so much that people still remember her.
“That old saying, life goes on, but for them it doesn’t and for us it goes on, but it’s hard.”
Lesley described her daughter as a young woman with a “heart of gold”.
“I think everyone was drawn to her because she was such a caring and loving person,” she said.
“She just had this ability to love everyone and make everyone feel so special.
“It was such a great gift that she had to be able to make people feel like that. She loved being out and around people.”
As she wanted this year’s group of festival-goers to ‘have fun’, Lesley also pleaded with them to be ‘aware’ of the dangers on the road while heading to the event, which takes place in the countryside from Cheshire.
And once there, she asked them to “raise a glass” so that Dominique would remember her.
Shortly after leaving their Maghul home, the car Dominique was traveling in with her friend, Newcastle teenager Nicola Edgar, was involved in a horrific accident on Higher Road, Halewood.
According to reports from an inquest into their deaths, a puncture in a rear tire caused the car to skid and flip onto its roof, killing Dominique and Newcastle teenager Nicola Edgar, 19, on the spot.
The other two occupants, Rebecca Crowley and Sophie Vicary, survived.
Speaking of the dangers on the roads, Lesley spoke of an increased number of people getting staycations, which meant there were more people on the roads.
Lesley is now a representative of RoadPeace, a charity set up by a mother whose son was killed by a driver who jumped a red light, to raise awareness of road safety and help victims of road accidents.
Every year RoadPeace holds a ceremony in remembrance of Princess Diana, as well as all road accident victims, and every year Lesley speaks at the ceremony.
“It’s about road safety, but also about being safe [in general]”, Lesley said. Their message is to watch your speed, be aware when you get in the car, and think about everything around you.”