Cocaine and booze fuelled night ends with tragic car crash death of two best mates
Two best friends died in a car crash following a night out drinking together.
Rikki-Lee Woods, 26, and Glen Hilton, 27, had met friends for a night on the town in Hull city centre in Spring last year.
After dropping a friend off home, the pair travelled at more than four times the speed limit before they crashed into a tree at 7am on April 22, 2019, Hull Daily Mail reported.
Rikki-Lee, who had been behind the wheel, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Glen died later in hospital despite efforts to save him.
The destruction of the car was so severe emergency services at first struggled to establish who had been driving.
An inquest into their deaths heard that Rikki-Lee had cocaine and cannabis in his blood, with alcohol levels just over the drink-drive limit.
Glen’s partner said that she had left him after a night of drinking at 3.30am so he could continue partying.
Emotional messages from family members of the two men were written on the tree that they crashed into.
One heartbreaking tribute said “we will always love you daddy”.
Another said “My son. My life. Come home to me. I love you, mam xxx”.
Another message on the stump of the tree said “RIP my son”.
Residents who witnessed the wreckage were offered counselling to deal with the trauma.
Some had poured buckets of water onto the car in a bid to stop flames from further engulfing the wreckage.
Paying tribute to Rikki-Lee, who was a dad-of-two, his family said he was the “epitome of a family man” and someone that would “do anything for anyone”.
The family said: “Rikki’s three-year-old daughter asks for him every day.
“He was loyal to the core and is missed by us every single one of us every day.
“He was a good kid would give you his last penny – he even would give £20 to a homeless man to help out and was always generous with his family.
“He was a doting father and a dad-of-two and the epitome of a family man.
“He was a giver of money and there was not a bad bone in his body.
“He would do anything for anyone and he put others before himself.”
An inquest at Hull Crown Court heard Rikki-Lee, who had been born at Hedon Road Maternity Hospital, had worked on building sites and had an interest in bikes.
His dad said he had last seen him alive at 9pm on April 21, when he had seemed “happy and quite relaxed”.
Mr Woods said: “For both of us (mum and dad) Rikki’s death has had a massive impact.
“It is like a horrible nightmare we can’t wake up from.
“Words can’t describe how much we miss Rikki.”
Witness evidence given showed that Rikki-Lee had cocaine and cannabis in his blood, and a blood alcohol level of 98mg/100ml – just over the drink driving limit.
Toxicology results detected a moderate to high level of alcohol (189mg/100ml) in Glen’s blood.
The pair had dropped off a friend at home, who said they had “no concerns” over the driving.
But other drivers and passers-by noticed that the black BMW was “airborne” as it was heading towards the crash scene.
A police investigation showed that the car had been going at up to 100mph along one road before entering a 20mph zone near a school.
Experts inspecting the crash found the car’s speedometer was frozen at 84mph.
The vehicle had suffered “catastrophic damage” and was broken into three parts.
Just hours earlier, Glen had kissed his girlfriend Zoey Farmery goodnight having enjoyed a few drinks in pub with Rikki-Lee and his partner.
Zoey had woken up at 7.30am to find her partner missing.
She spent a frantic few hours before learning of the fatal crash.
“We’d had a really good night,” the 28-year-old said.
“Glen had been to see the boys and he met me out and I left him at 3.30am because he wanted to stay out.
“He was a big kid so he went to his sister’s and partied.
“I woke up at 7.30am and rang his phone because he wasn’t there.
“I thought he was probably still asleep but I rang him again at 9am and there was no answer.”
Zoey rang her partner’s dad who told her that police officers had come to their house and told them the tragic news.
She still continued to ring her boyfriend, urging him to come home until 2pm on Monday, when she visited the mortuary and her fears were confirmed.
Glen’s mum, Gale Hilton, said: “As a child Glen had no significant ailments and illnesses and was fit.
“He worked in construction and in a relationship and has three children with his girlfriend.
“Glen had an interest in motorcycles and motor cars and had at least one since he was 17.”
She told the inquest he had been in trouble with the law for motor offences and suffered with depression, but was a “normal drinker”.
She said he had been friends with Rikki-Lee several years.
Coroner Rosemary Baxter said that the deaths of both men were due to a road traffic collision.