Porsche Boxster driver, 79, travelling WRONG way on M6 before crash that killed girl, police believe

Porsche Boxster driver, 79, was travelling WRONG way on M6 before crash with Vauxhall that killed three-year-old girl, police believe

  • Porsche Boxster in fatal crash thought to have been going wrong way down M6
  • Three-year-old Faye Dawson lost her life in collision near Leyland last Saturday
  • A 79-year-old man who was driving the sports car also died and others injured

A Porsche Boxster involved in a crash that killed a three-year-old girl is believed to have been travelling in the wrong direction down the M6.

Faye Dawson, from Merseyside, lost her life in the collision, near Leyland, Lancashire, at around 5.50pm last Saturday. 

A 79-year-old man who was driving the sports car also died.

The three-year-old was travelling in a Vauxhall Meriva on the southbound carriageway between junctions 29 and 28. Two other passengers, including her mother, remain in hospital.

Lancashire Constabulary have issued a new appeal for witnesses following the tragic incident urging anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

Three-year-old Faye Dawson, from Merseyside, lost her life in the collision near Leyland last Saturday

Three-year-old Faye Dawson, from Merseyside, lost her life in the collision near Leyland last Saturday

On Thursday, Faye’s heartbroken family paid a loving tribute to a ‘loving and caring’ little girl who ‘was loved by everyone who met her’. 

A devastating statement read: ‘Our beautiful Faye Grace, words will never express the heartache we are all going through since you were tragically taken from us. We can’t see the future without you, it has left a massive hole in our lives.

‘Everyone says how precious their daughter/granddaughter is but you were an exception, you were such a clever little girl who was very funny and had us all laughing all the time.

‘You were so loving and caring and above all very loved by everyone who met you. You’re now at rest with your great nanny, great grandad and Uncle Jimmy. Words won’t justify how much we are all going to miss you and how much we all love you.

‘Your mummy is being so brave and she will continue to make you proud. You were too little to be taken away from us, but we know the angels will look after you and they’re lucky to have you dancing in the sky with them.

‘We are all so heartbroken that you were taken far too young but we are so glad that we got to have you for the time we did. RIP baby girl, we are all missing you and will carry on forever. All our love.’

There were long queues on the M6 last night after the crash, which saw a three-year-old child and 79-year-old man killed

There were long queues on the M6 last night after the crash, which saw a three-year-old child and 79-year-old man killed

Investigating officers suspect the Porsche Boxster was travelling in the wrong direction on the carriageway when the collision happened, having entered the motorway at junction 28 via the southbound slip road.

Sgt Craig Booth, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘This collision has left both families grieving in a way most of us will never understand.

‘On behalf of Lancashire Police and the investigation team I would like them to know our thoughts are with them all, they are being supported by specially trained officers as a result of this traumatic incident.

‘I feel I also need to mention all the emergency services who attended who are also trying to come to terms with what happened.’

If anyone who witnessed the collision hasn’t come forward yet, police have asked them to do so. Also, if any drivers have dashcam footage from the motorway around the time of the collision, officers are appealing for them to get in touch.

Contact 101, quoting log 1102 of November 19, 2022.

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