Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Daily Record
Daily Record
Ashlie Blakey & John-Paul Clark

Tributes paid to 'shining light' pregnant mum who died in horror motorway crash

Tributes have poured in for a pregnant mum who died in a crash on the M66.

Frankie Julia Hough, 38, from Oldham, was driving on the motorway at around 3.10pm on Saturday, May 13, with her two young sons, Tommy, 9, and Rocky, 2, and her nephew Tobias, 4, when the crash happened.

Frankie tragically died in hospital on Monday as a result of her injuries and Tommy and Tobias both remain in hospital in induced comas, while Rocky suffered only minor injuries reports Manchester Evening News.

Frankie, described as a 'fierce mother with a heart of gold', leaves behind her two boys and her partner Calvin.

She also leaves behind her parents Julia and Frank, sister Becci Welby, brother-in-law Arron Welby and many more loved ones.

She was pregnant and had disocvered that she would be having a baby girl in the week before the tragic death.

Arron said: "She was the most amazing person, she had a heart of gold. She was a dedicated, fierce mother and she was a fighter for her kids.

Frankie alongside her boys and nephew. (Supplied)

"She was the best auntie. She was a shining light, she would protect her kids with everything she had."

He added: "She was pregnant and was only just celebrating the week before with a baby shower when she found out she was having a little girl. It's just so sad."

He said Frankie would now be 'shining down' on her son and nephew in hospital, and said his son Tobias is a 'little warrior'.

"We don't know what the outcome is going to be when he wakes up, we know he has had a head trauma. We're hoping there will be no detriment to his long-term health, he is being a strong boy", Arron said.

Mercy crews raced to the scene on Saturday, May 13. (Supplied)

Tommy has his dad at his bedside and is also believed to be 'making good progress' but is still in an induced coma.

Arron added: "We're just going day-by-day and bit-by-bit and want out boys back. It's good if people pray and it gets us through, we want that power and positivity.

"We know she's [Frankie] shining down on them now and bringing them through and showing us that she's there and helping. She was just so strong-minded, if anyone was to go she would have picked herself.

"We'll carry her legacy on. We now need to bring our boys through."

Frankie's family thanked the 'amazing and professional' first responders.

They also sent out thanks the staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary who are caring for the boys and at Royal Preston Hospital.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family, with more than £38,000 raised so far. To donate, click here.

Following the crash, Adil Iqbal, of Hope Street, Accrington, has been charged with one count of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Mr Iqbal appeared in court yesterday (May 15) wearing a grey tracksuit and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded into custody and a preliminary hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court is expected to take place on June 19.

Police are continuing to appeal to the public for witnesses to come forward.

Information can be shared by calling GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident 2254 of May 13, 2023, or online using the report tool on the force's website. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - Sign up to our daily newsletter here .


Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.