“I FEEL like I am living a nightmare that I can’t wake up from.”
Those were the heart-wrenching words of the mother of car crash victim Jade Rice.
Elaine Noble is still struggling to accept her little girl is gone two years after she was tragically killed – and that no-one has been punished for the death crash.
Jade and her friend Danny Atkinson, both 17, died when the car they were passengers in struck a tree on Bradley Road in January 2006.
Earlier this week Shipley driver Mohammed Tanwir walked free.
Police had brought two prosecutions against him but both were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
Elaine and Barry Noble, the mother and stepfather of Jade Rice, say they cannot accept that someone can escape without even a point on their licence for a crash which left two people dead.
Jade and a friend, Danny Atkinson, also 17, died when the car in which they were passengers ploughed into a tree on Bradley Road, Bradley, more than two years ago.
Police have tried to prosecute the driver, Mohammed Tanwir, but two court cases have been dismissed.
Mrs Noble said: “We can’t grieve for Jade yet because we don’t know what happened to her.
“My family will say: “Isn’t it time to find somewhere for Jade?” But I can’t because there are so many unanswered questions.
“We were fined £30 for accidentally driving into a pedestrianised area to collect flowers for Jade.
“Yet someone can be the driver in a crash which kills two people and nothing happens.
“Is that what justice is?”
Jade’s death left a hole in the heart of her family.
She had a twin Ian, 19, brother Michael, 23, and sister Zoe, 25. She also left behind her father, Ian Rice, and stepmother Gillian Rice.
Her family were in court last week and were in tears after the result.
They were also upset to hear two lawyers discussing other car crashes while they waited for magistrates to return.
Mrs Noble ran her own cleaning business before her daughter’s death. Her husband is a self-employed maintenance worker.
She added: “When it comes to birthdays and Christmas it’s just not a celebration.
“Ian doesn’t have a birthday now; he can’t celebrate without his twin. I look at my children and their eyes are sad. We are all numb.
“ I bottle it all up and can’t talk to people because they will think ‘it’s been two years’ and think I should have moved on.
“But when you don’t know what happened then you can’t move on.”
Mr Noble described Jade as a feisty young woman who was very caring and loving.
“She wanted to grow up too quickly, but she was over that phase. We all miss her so much.
“The thing we need is closure, so we can grieve for Jade. We feel very let down by the legal system.
“We want justice, to know what happened so we can try to move on. One day we will get it.”
Danny Atkinson and Jade had been staying in a halfway house on Sherwood Avenue, Bradley, where Mohammed Tanwir worked.
Danny left behind his mother, Linda Adams, father Mark St Hilaire and siblings Leander and Paige.