Family pay tribute to Jessica Baker

The family of 15-year-old Jessica Baker who sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M53 in Wirral on Friday 29 September would like to thank everyone for their very kind comments and offers of support during this extremely difficult time.

The family said, “Jessica was a talented and dedicated climber who competed over the last seven years of her life across the UK representing both the North West and Wales.

“Jessica loved all sports and chose GCSE PE as one of her options, but her overriding passion was for both indoor and outdoor climbing.

“Despite being a teenager, Jessica was able to communicate with everyone she came into contact with regardless of their age. She was often seen offering support to fellow climbers on how to achieve a problem/route they were trying to complete.

“Jessica was planning to explore a career in sport in some way and was due to begin her coaching qualifications later this year towards this goal.

“In memory of Jessica an online ‘MuchLoved’ loved page has been set up to allow people to share their pictures/videos and thoughts of Jessica for the family to keep. Through the link below you can also donate in Jessica’s memory to “Climbers Against Cancer”, a charity that was close to her heart.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roper, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said, “Our thoughts remain not only with Jessica’s family but the bus driver Stephen Shrimpton’s family who also passed away and are being supported by specially trained Police Officers.

“My team and I have held a meeting with the families of the other 57 children involved and they are being supported and updated on the progress of the investigation. On behalf of those families, I would like to thank those people who stopped and helped in the immediate aftermath of this tragic incident.

“A police investigation into this incident is ongoing which will be submitted to the coroner ahead of an inquest early next year. If you have any new information please continue to let our officers know.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747 or  or contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook quoting reference 23000944471.

Image: Jessica Baker/Family handout

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