19th Oct, 2017

Radford Road crash trio remembered one year on

Leamington Editorial 25th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THREE people who were killed in an horrific car crash in Leamington have been remembered one year on.

Emily Jennings, Nathan Rhodes and Ryan Case lost their lives after a Citroen Saxo travelling out of town on the A425 Radford Road smashed into a tree and a wall in the early hours of June 20.

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.

Jamie Riddick, who was driving the car when it crashed, pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Warwick Crown Court in January and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

The 21-year-old was disqualified from driving for 12 years after he was found to have no MOT, no insurance, and only a provisional licence. He was also twice the legal alcohol limit at the time of the smash.

The whole community was rocked by the tragedy and the scene of the crash was flooded with flowers and cards paying tribute in the aftermath.

The families spoke of their devastation in court when Riddick was jailed and this week friends continued to remember the trio a year on from the crash.

Karen Morris wrote on Facebook: “R.I.P Ryan you are sadly missed mate be fishing in heaven. R.I.P to all the others.”

Tracey Bourton said: “RIP lost their lives far too young, my son is only one of the many people who misses Nathan xx.’

And Becky Walton added: ‘Miss you so much Nathan xx.’


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