Boyfriend of beautiful influencer, 22, killed in crash in critical condition

The boyfriend of a woman who died in a crash in Merseyside is in "critical" condition fighting for his life.

The man believed to be 23 years old from Liverpool, was the one driving the Audi S3 when it crashed in the Queensway tunnel on Sunday, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 12:30am after the car crashed into a taxi.

Paige Rice, 22, from Birmingham, who was a passenger in the Audi died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The taxi driver, a man in his 40s, also suffered serious injuries but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

It is believed that the Audi S3 was involved in another crash before the fatal crash in the tunnel.

Matrix Inspector Mark Worrell, from Merseyside Police, said: "Our thoughts go out to the family of the woman who died and those who were injured in this collision.

"The incident is currently under investigation and I would ask anyone who saw anything prior to the collision which could assist our enquiries to get in touch."

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In an emotional tribute, Paige's mum Clare Rice said the 22-year-old was visiting her boyfriend in Liverpool on the night she died.

Clare described her daughter as "a beautiful woman inside and out".

A tribute shared with BirminghamLive said: "Paige was just so full of life. She lived life to the full.

"She was a beautiful woman inside and out. Her smile would light up a room.

"Paige was incredibly popular and had so many friends. She loved the attention but not in an arrogant, bad way.

"She loved dance and drama and as a young girl went to the Valentine Theatre School where she made lots of friends and their friendships continued to this day.

"Paige left the dance school when she was a teenager but carried on her love for dancing on nights out. She was a real party girl."

More than £30,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe page since Paige's death to help support her family and give her a "send-off she deserves".

More than a thousand people have donated including Manchester City player, Jack Grealish, who donated £5,000.

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