Oldham: Families pay tribute to teenagers killed in ‘car cruise reunion’

Oldham: Families pay tribute to teenagers killed in ‘car cruise reunion’

Ben Corfield and Liberty Charris.

The couple died when a car collided with a crowd of people on A road (Pictures: SWNS)

Two teenagers killed in an alleged car cruise event have been named by their heartbroken families.

Liberty Charris, 16, and Ben Corfield, 19, died when a blue Nissan Skyline collided with a group of people on the A457 Oldbury Road in the West Midlands.

Crowds are believed to have gathered to watch a car meet which was hosted on Snapchat.

Liberty’s family released a statement paying tribute to their ‘beautiful baby girl and sister’.

It reads: ‘So loved by his family and friends, they were all so proud of the beautiful young woman you were becoming.

‘With your heart of gold, bright blue eyes and beaming smile, your purpose in life was to make everyone happy, with your funny accents and your loud laugh.

“From the moment you were born we were all so in love with you, you loved life and you had an amazing future ahead of you.

“Our hearts are broken to pieces. Shine above our beautiful daughter.

The general scene from 21 November 2022 where two teenagers were killed when a car ran over pedestrians on the A457 Oldbury Road.  A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl died following the incident.  The accident happened at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday 20, also leaving a man and a woman in hospital with life-threatening conditions.  See SWNS story SWMRcrash.

Police have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving (Photo: Joseph Walshe/SWNS)

The general scene from 21 November 2022 where two teenagers were killed when a car ran over pedestrians on the A457 Oldbury Road.  A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl died following the incident.  The accident happened at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday 20, also leaving a man and a woman in hospital with life-threatening conditions.  See SWNS story SWMRcrash.

The scene at Oldbury on November 21 (Photo: Joseph Walshe/SWNS)

Ben’s family also released a statement saying, “What can we say other than Ben was the light of our lives.

“He was a larger than life character with a massive heart of gold.

“Nothing will ever heal the huge hole in our lives – our hearts are forever broken.

“We have waited so long for Ben to complete our family, and we feel privileged to have had him as our son and brother for the past 19 years.

‘Ben, we love you so much, always and forever. Rest in eternal peace, our boy!

Paramedics rushed to the scene after the crash, but the couple were pronounced dead at the scene.

The general scene from 21 November 2022 where two teenagers were killed when a car ran over pedestrians on the A457 Oldbury Road.  A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl died following the incident.  The accident happened at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday 20, also leaving a man and a woman in hospital with life-threatening conditions.  See SWNS story SWMRcrash.

Reports suggest the car could have lost control and crashed into a crowd before hitting a wall (Picture: Joseph Walshe/SWNS)

A man and a woman, in their twenties, were injured and taken to hospital where they are now in stable condition.

A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been released on bail by police while investigations continue.

A local said: “The road is a magnet for car cruising as it is a very long, mostly straight road and they really speed up.

“It’s an absolute tragedy to find out what happened. I think the police, stretched out as they are, really need to try to do more to put it down before more people are killed.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said his forces were focused on ‘establishing all the circumstances of the incident’ as they know ‘there were a lot of people gathered in the area at the time’.

Anyone with information or dash cam footage should get in touch.

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