The mother of a woman who died in a horror crash on her way to the Creamfields festival has pleaded with young people who are heading to the event this weekend to drive safely.
Dominque Williams, from Maghull to Liverpool, died on her way to the event in 2009, the Liverpool Echo reports.
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The 20-year-old was a dance and performing arts student at Edge Hill University.
Twelve years after the accident, Dominique’s mother, Lesley implored festival-goers to drive safely to and from the festival.
Lesley, 57, said: “She was so excited to go. She was really like everyone else. This year there are two things. You have Covid lurking but more importantly you also have the safety on the roads is quite simply essential.
“Things can happen so easily, but the devastation left behind is absolutely incredible, even even now. You look on the bright side and say I’m lucky to be his mother and I’m lucky to have my two boys, but I’m also lucky everyone still remembers her.
“It’s still a big deal, there are lots of flowers on her grave, there are messages. It’s been constant since we lost her. It means so much that people still remember her.
“This old adage continues but for them it is not and for us it continues but it is hard.
“Anyone who goes to the festival, I just want them to have fun, that was the only reason Dom was going, for the excitement, but please be careful going there.
“There are coach accidents, accidents on the road, just be aware of everything that is going on around you on your way, then once you are there, have fun, raise a drink and remember of her. “
The car tipped over on its roof and instantly killed Dominique and Nicola Edgar, 19, of Newcastle.
An investigation into their deaths found that a puncture on a rear tire had caused the car to swerve uncontrollably.
The other two people in the car, Rebecca Crowley and Sophie Vicary, survived.
Lesley said this year is different as there is more traffic on the roads because people will be enjoying holidays over the bank holiday weekend.
She represents RoadPeace, a charity created 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.
RoadPeace holds a ceremony every year in memory of Princess Diana and other road accident victims and Lesley speaks every year.
Lesley said: “It’s also that people have been here for so long and everyone wants to get out of it. We’ve been living with this pandemic for almost two years. I understand people want to get out, I am doing it – even we want people to bring it back to normal but it puts more traffic on the roads.
“We also have the RoadPeace service, we recorded this in the [Liverpool] Cathedral last week just because of the pandemic and we want people to stay safe so that it increases online.
“It is about road safety but also about just being safe [in general]. Their message is to watch your speed, be aware when you get in the car, and think about everything around you.
“Tame your excitement until you get there. It’s such a difficult time, really.”
Lesley remembers her daughter as a young woman who “cared about everyone”.
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She told ECHO: “She was very popular for the simple reason that she cared about everyone. She had a heart of gold. I think everyone was drawn to her because she was such a person. caring and loving.
“She just had this ability to love everyone and make everyone feel so special.
“I remember talking to a lady who was older and she said to me ‘I’ll never forget when I talked to Dom she had all the time in the world and made me feel so special’ .
“It was such a beautiful gift that she had to be able to make people feel like this. She loved being out and with people. She was such a lovely girl.”