Tributes to ‘shining light’ who tragically died after horror motorway crash near M61

The family of a woman killed in a horror crash near the M61 have paid a heartbreaking tribute to the “shining light in all our lives.”

Victoria Goodwin, 32, tragically lost her life after suffering serious injuries in the major crash on the M65 last Wednesday (March 14). Police said a Peugeot 208 had overtaken a Mercedes Atego HGV before ‘losing control’ at around 7pm and hitting a barrier.

The car then re-entered the carriageway and crashed into a number of other vehicles, on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 2 and 3, near to the M61 for Manchester.

Victoria, who was described by her family as a ‘talented singer and musician’ later died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the Peugeot, a man in his 40s, and a child passenger suffered less serious injuries. The occupants of the other vehicles were uninjured.

In a heartbreaking tribute, Victoria’s family said: “It is a great sadness we have to announce that our loving daughter Victoria Goodwin passed away on the 14th of March 2024 due to injuries sustained in a car accident.

“She was a shining light in all our lives , a talented singer and musician and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.”

Sgt Phil Baxendale, of the Specialist Operations Road Policing Unit, said: “Very sadly this collision has now resulted in Victoria losing her life and I would continue to appeal for any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone with dashcam footage, to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 1217 of March 13 or email [email protected]


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