THE mum of a teenager, who was killed when the stolen car he was travelling in crashed, today issued a warning to other young people.
Adam McGunnigle, 16, was the front-seat passenger in the stolen Renault Megane which smashed into a tree during the early hours of the morning of December 4 on a dimly-lit road in Willaston, near Neston, in Wirral.
Adam’s mum, Tracy McGunnigle, said her son was not wearing a seat belt and he died from internal injuries.
She said: “I just feel destroyed by what has happened to my son.
“I would hate another family to go through this.
“My message to young people is that getting into a stolen car can cost you your life.”
Mrs McGunnigle said that she pleaded with her son not to get into the car on the night of the fatal smash.
The Liverpool FC fan had been returning to Merseyside after a short holiday with his pals in Prestatyn, in North Wales.
He spoke to his mum on the phone as he was about to set off.
Adam had been living in a Crosby care home which was managed by Kirklees Council. The teenager moved to Huddersfield several years ago to live with a relative and was later placed into the local care system.
He was allowed to live in Merseyside for family reasons.
On Monday, hundreds of mourners attended Adam’s funeral at St Francis of Assisi, in Skelmersdale.
Speaking from her home in Digmoor, Mrs McGunnigle said: “I spoke to Adam on the night of his death.