TRIBUTES have been paid to the three people killed in an horrific car crash in Leamington at the weekend.
Emily Jennings, Nathan Rhodes and Ryan Case lost their lives after a Citroen Saxo travelling out of town on the A425 left the road and smashed into a tree and a wall in the early hours of Saturday morning (June 20).
Emergency services were called to Radford Road near the junctions of Willes Road and Eastnor Grove around 2.45am but all three were already dead.
A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol but has since been bailed until July 31.
Nathan, a 23-year-old builder, lived in Southam, while father-of-two Ryan, from the nearby village of Stockton, worked for Praxair Surface Technologies, and mum-of-one Emily, a beautician, lived in Warwick.
Since the accident, the scene of the crash has been flooded with flowers and cards paying tribute to the trio.
One of the most poignant was left by Nathan’s mother. It read: “I know I am never going to see your smiling face again but I will never forget it. I love you so much and always will my darling boy. Sleep tight my own guardian angel.”
Nathan’s brother Simon also left a message at the crash scene. He wrote: “I really hope you’re enjoying it up there. I cannot tell you how much you’re going to be missed. I truly did love you and I’ll never be the same without you.”
Meanwhile Carl Hanson, Emily’s ex-boyfriend and father of her nine-year-old daughter, Phoebe, posted a heartfelt tribute on social media site Facebook.
It said: “Thank you so much for giving me my first beautiful daughter. We were so young but you have managed to make her into the amazing young lady she is today.
“She was so lucky to have you as her mother and she will never forget you. I will make sure I carry on the good work you have done.
“Also want to pass on my condolences to the families of Ryan and Nathan, who were good friends of mine. Heaven has certainly gained three angels.”
Tributes were also paid to 25-year-old Ryan, who was well-known throughout the Midlands for his skill and passion as a fisherman.
In a post on their Facebook page, the Bowling Green pub wrote: “We are all very shocked about the accident and would like to send our deepest sympathies and wishes to the family of Ryan Case who enjoyed life to the full.
“Butters you will not be forgotten and we know you will be catching your beloved carp in heaven.”
Zoe Haynes left a tribute to Ryan at the scene, which echoed many people’s sentiments for the loss suffered by the family and friends of all three victims.
She wrote: “Sorry to all the families that lost somebody in this accident. RIP Ryan. Such a tragic thing to happen. My heart is with your family and two daughters. You were a friend to many and will be missed.”
A 21-year-old man, who was also travelling in the car, suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to University Hospital where his condition is described as ‘stable’.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as part of their investigation.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 101.