Friends killed by 'atrocious' driver in crash 'brought brightness and love' to the world

Rebecca Doughty of Connah's Quay and Ellie Crossley from Holywell, who were killed in the crash
Rebecca Doughty of Connah's Quay and Ellie Crossley from Holywell, who were killed in the crash -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary

The devastated families of two young women who died in a crash caused by an "atrocious" driver have paid a loving tribute to them. Ellie Crossley, from Holywell, and Rebecca Doughty, from Connah's Quay, were involved in a collision on the A5117, in Dunkirk, at around 9.30pm on Thursday 25 November 2021.

The 20-year-olds were on their way from Cheshire Oaks when Benjamin Lewis, who was heading towards them in his BMW, lost control of his vehicle and collided with them. Ellie and Rebecca were sadly pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Lewis was charged in connection to the incident and subsequently pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. The 31-year-old, of West Vale, Neston, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday 8 May, where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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In a statement, the heartbroken families of Ellie and Rebecca said: “The 25th of November 2021 is the day that our lives and world changed forever after receiving the worst imaginable news that our loving daughters Ellie & Becca were killed instantly in a head on collision. Ellie and Becca had been best friends since primary school and were inseparable and had their whole lives ahead of them.

“They were two of the most caring, funny, and thoughtful young women who brought so much brightness and love to our world. In their short lives our daughters created so many special memories with their families and friends, and we will continue to treasure those memories each and every single day.

“To our beautiful Angels…you are deeply missed by your loving families, and everyone else whose lives you touched with your warmth and kindness.” In addition to his sentence, Lewis was also banned from driving for four years once he is released from prison.

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