Dad ‘broken’ after partner and son, 5, killed in horror crash near busy junction

A young mum and her five-year-old son died in a horror car crash near a busy junction.

Tragic Rebecca Smith, 24, and Corey Rhodes were killed following the collision between a silver BMW and a white Mercedes van at 12:50pm last Thursday.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Draycott, Staffordshire, and took them both to hospital.

Little Corey was pronounced dead a short time later while Rebecca passed away the following day.

A six-year-old boy, who was in the same vehicle, was taken by air ambulance to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Rebecca’s partner Jim Rhodes paid tribute in a Facebook post saying: "I’m so broken and don’t no what I’m going to do without these 2 in my life I whoud [sic] like to thank everyone for all the kind messages means a lot to me"

He also wrote: "To people that do not know yet today has been the worst day of my life I have had to say good bye to my little man Corey today the most hardest thing eny dad should go through my whole wold has fallen apart and I am broken all I can say is rest in peace my little angle look over us now mate daddy love you so much."

He also took to social media to thank well-wishers who had donated money to cover funeral costs.

He wrote: "Hi guys and girls I’d like to thank everyone for there support and kind words…at this terrible time means alot to me also for the people that have donated really means a lot it really has touched me how meny people have come together to show there respect we have reached the £2000 Mark now and still going so thank you so much all."

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Staffordshire Police are now appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

A force spokesman said: "The family continue to be supported by specially trained officers and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

"Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses of the collision or anyone with dash-cam footage to contact them."

Anyone wishing to donate can still do so here .

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