Manchester City star Jack Grealish donates £5,000 towards funeral of woman killed in Liverpool

Paige Rice died after the Audi she was travelling in collided with a taxi in the Queensway tunnel.

Man City star Jack Grealish
Man City star Jack Grealish
Man City star Jack Grealish

Manchester City star Jack Grealish has donated £5,000 to a fundraising page for the family of a woman who died in a car crash in Liverpool last weekend.

Paige Rice, 22, was killed following a crash in the Queensway tunnel and passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Grealish and Ms Rice were both raised in Solihull.

Officers from Merseyside Police were contacted at 12.25am following reports an Audi S3, travelling towards Wirral, had been in a collision with a taxi inside the tunnel.

Ms Rice, who started working as a make up artist when she was a teenager, was taken to hospital where she died shortly after the incident.

The driver of the car in his 20s remains in hospital in a critical condition. A male taxi driver in his 40s is also in hospital after suffering serious injuries.

It is believed Ms Rice, who was from Marston Green in the West Midlands, was visiting her boyfriend in Liverpool at the time of the incident.

Paige Rice. Photo: @paigericex/instagram
Paige Rice. Photo: @paigericex/instagram
Paige Rice. Photo: @paigericex/instagram

Family, friends and a number of famous faces have paid tribute to the ‘inspiring woman’.

Ms Rice’s mum, Claire, has written on Instagram that her daughter ‘lived life to its fullest’ and added that ‘words cannot describe how broken I am as her mum. I’m overwhelmed by the love being shown.’

Grealish is the top donor to a fundraising page which has already raised nearly £30,000. He posted a crying emoji face and a broken heart on Instagram in response to Claire Rice’s comments.

The GoFundMe page describes Ms Rice, who had a large social media following, stating: “She was such an amazing woman with such a clean heart who had so much love to give.

“Anyone she met she had a huge impact on and a smile that would light up any room. An inspiring woman who had so much life to live and goals to achieve, she has left so many with empty hearts.”

It ends by asking for donations: “Let’s give our angel the send off she deserves”.

Matrix Inspector Mark Worrell 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.

“It is believed that prior to entering the tunnel the Audi had been in collision with another vehicle on the Hunter Street roundabout. We are currently examining a number of lines of enquiry.”

If you witnessed the incident or have any CCTV, dashcam or other footage, please contact call us on (0151) 777 5747, email: [email protected], or via @MerPolCC on Twitter, or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, with reference 21000720520.