The teenage runner who caused the death of Olivia Alkir can now be named as he turns 18.
Edward Ryan Bell was the driver of the red Ford Fiesta Olivia was a passenger in when he crashed head-on into an oncoming car while racing with his friend Thomas Henry Quick.
Both boys were 17 at the time of the incident, that happened on the B5105 between Clawddnewydd and Ruthin June 27 of last year.
Bell had only passed his driving test the day before and was “using his freedom to the fullest” before a black box was installed on his vehicle to restrict his speed the next day.
Dashcam footage filmed in the hours leading up to the horror smash, which instantly killed 17-year-old Olivia and left four others with life-changing injuries, shows Bell and Quick “using the roads as a race track” because they “were playing Russian roulette with the lives of their passengers”.
Quick turned 18 before the pair were five years in prison for causing death and serious injury by reckless driving at Mold Crown Court last month, but Bell could not be named throughout the court process due to his age.
But the legal restrictions no longer apply as he now turns 18, which means North Wales Live can now identify him.
Olivia was described by his family as “a loving, dynamic and beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her”.
They said: “She was smart, ambitious, passionate and full of fun.
“She never failed to show caring and compassion to everyone she knew, and had a positive attitude and zest for life that brought so much happiness to her friends and family who have her. liked. “
Speaking after Bell and Quick’s conviction, Olivia’s heartbroken parents Joanna and Mesut have released a statement paying tribute to their beloved daughter.
He said: “Olivia’s death and the life-changing injuries of the other victims were a tragedy that should never have happened.
“It wasn’t a random accident.
“It was a calamity caused by the reckless and criminal actions of two young men who played Russian roulette with the lives of their passengers and other road users, which resulted in death and serious injury to four other innocent people.
The statement added: “No thrill is worth so much pain.
“Therefore, this must be a lesson for all of us as a community, for all parents, guardians and relatives of young drivers to educate them on the consequences of dangerous driving.
“And to fully understand the responsibility they have for innocent lives when they drive.
“The best gift anyone can give us would be to make sure this never happens again. Let this be Olivia’s legacy.