Updated: Wednesday, 1st April 2020 @ 9:43pm

'Our hearts are broken into pieces': Distraught family pay tribute to young model killed in horrific M62 smash

'Our hearts are broken into pieces': Distraught family pay tribute to young model killed in horrific M62 smash

By Dean Wilkins

The heartbroken family of a young model killed in a horror crash on the M62 have described how their lives were ‘shattered’ by the tragic news of her death yesterday.

Becky Caine, a 20-year-old business student at Leeds University, was killed when asylum seeker Wilfred Museka allegedly ploughed into her friend’s car while he was driving in the wrong direction on the carriageway.

The youngster leaves behind twin brother Jack,  younger sister Emma, her mother Susan and her partner Russell, and father Tim and his wife Joanne.

In a heartfelt tribute her family said: “As you can imagine our lives are shattered and our hearts are broken into pieces.

“She was a beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her. She was embarking on a modelling career and would be finishing her final year of her business degree at Leeds University.

“Rebecca was a bright light that attracted everything to her with her infectious laugh and her beaming smile.

“She saw the best in everyone and was loved by hundreds of friends.”

Becky died when the Chevrolet Matiz she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a Renault Megane on the M62 eastbound near to junction 21.

Museka, 31, of Powell Street, Clayton, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving, fraud by false representation, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence.

The driver of the Matiz and two other passengers suffered minor injuries.

Her family added: “The worst part is the emptiness and the total waste of a beautiful life. She was only 20 when she died.

“She was our little girl now she is our little angel. Something somewhere has failed us.

“We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the police and other services for helping us through this difficult time.”

Museka appeared at Bury Magistrates’ Court today and is due to appear at Minshull Street Crown Court on October 8.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

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