Latest: Young Halifax mum killed in crash - family pay tribute

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips

The family of a Halifax mum killed in a crash in Boothtown have spoken of their devastation at losing the popular young woman.

Emily Phillips, 25 and from Boothtown, died in the accident which also left her two children and boyfriend injured on Sunday afternoon.

Her brother Gareth said they have been flooded with messages of sympathy from friends and the rest of the community.

He described his sister as a great mum and friend to many.

“Emily was like a little midget - everybody towered over her,” he said.

“She was absolutely lovely and I could not have wished for better.

“Emily was bubbly and would do anything for anyone and would go to the ends of the earth for her children.”

“If they wanted anything they would get it.

“This is devastating for us all and I would not wish it on anybody.”

The accident happened less than 100 yards from the family home at Woodlands.

Tragedy struck as the family returned from buying a TV preview box at Asda, Halifax.

Emily, her boyfriend and children were in a Vauxhall Astra which was involved in a collision with a black Seat Leon on Boothtown Road between Chester Road and Woodlands Road at around 3.30pm.

Emily - who was a front seat passenger in the Astra - was pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives heard about the accident and rushed to the scene.

“Laura phoned me and said Emily had been in an accident,” said Gareth, of Elland.

He rushed over and joined family at the scene and they were kept apart from other onlookers.

“It was horrific,” he said.

Emily’s partner, Paul Smith who is 26 and was driving the Astra, was released from hospital earlier this week and the couple’s two children, Bryony, seven, and Oliver, four, are expected to be released by the weekend.

They have been told about their mum.

“Bryony is really upset and has put a block on that night and is not talking,” said Gareth.

“Paul is still in a mess, mum is devastated and in shock big time.”

Emily’s mum Julie and her partner Steve, also live at Boothtown with daughter, Laura, 21. The youngest sibling, Amber, 11, lives with her mum in Littleborough.

Gareth said Emily leaves many memories and he recalled happy days at Shibden Park in the snow.

He said she had asked where the snow was last Sunday on Facebook.

“Emily loved snow and we would all go to Shibden sledging as a family,” he said.

“I feel my heart has been ripped out and stamped on.”

Emily worked in a cafe at Highroad Well, Halifax, and Paul is training to become a carpenter.

Funeral details have yet to be confirmed and the family have been told Emily’s body might not be released for another three weeks.

Gareth said they wanted to thank everybody for all the messages of support and the emergency services and medical staff for their help.

In the future he plans joining campaigners in getting better road safety measures along Boothtown Road.

Police arrested seven people over the crash, all on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A 25-year-old man and a 19-year-old man have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The five other men have been released with no further action.

Police want to hear from anyone who has information about the accident or who saw the Astra, the Seat Leon or a blue Mercedes 230 CLK that was seen driving with the Seat Leon immediately before the incident.

Anyone who can help should call West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiries Team on 101.