Three people killed in Cardiff car crash after night out are named | UK News
Two women and a man who were killed in a car crash in Cardiff after a night out have been named.
Eve Smith, 21, Darcy Ross, 21, and Rafel Jeanne, 24, died in the incident, while Sophie Russon, 20, and Shane Loughlin, 32, who were in the same vehicle, are in hospital with serious injuries.
All five were in a Volkswagen Tiguan that came off the A48(M) in the Welsh capital and crashed into trees.
The three women were last seen in the Llanedeyrn area of Cardiff at around 2am on Saturday morning.
The trio, from Newport, had travelled to the city from the town of Porthcawl.
They had earlier been in Newport and were reported missing to Gwent Police.
The two men, who were from Cardiff, were also reported missing by their families.
On social media, tributes have been paid as family members confirmed their loved ones had died.
A relative of Ms Smith wrote: “I will not comment on anyone other than Eve Smith to confirm that she has been confirmed as deceased.
“Thank you for your support and shares and I won’t be answering messages please allow us some time as a family to digest this terrible news x.”
A friend of Ms Ross and Ms Smith wrote: “I don’t really have the words right now.
“Darcy Ross I’m going to miss you little gypsy girl. You were one of a kind, I’m going to miss trying to ‘life coach’ you as you would’ve said. You were a real ray of sunshine especially on my bad days.
“Eve Smith you were truly a beautiful young girl, who’s heart was made of gold just like your sister’s, give her a big hug for me and hold each other tight until the day we all have our turn and reunite.”
A friend of Mr Loughlin posted: “I’m so proud of us all pulling together out there searching for our dear friends last night.
“It’s heart breaking what’s happened to Rafel Jeanne and those two girls. My body is still shaking and I can’t stop being sick the thought of them all there all of that time.
“Many times I have driven past, it just makes me so sad and to how helpless our Shane Loughlin must of felt trapped inside.
“Wish Sophie a speedy recovery and I send all my love and strength to all the families involved.”
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “Three of those who were reported missing have been found deceased, two have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“Specialist officers are supporting the families of those involved and enquiries are ongoing.
“The case has been referred to the IOPC in line with normal procedures.”
A spokesman for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IPOC) said: “We can confirm that Gwent Police have advised us that they are making a referral in connection with this tragic incident and we will carry out an assessment in due course to determine what further action may be required from us.”