'I should have died in his arms' - girlfriend's moving tribute after soldier killed in A666 horror crash

Paige Palmer recovering in hospital after the crash

Paige Palmer before the crash

First published in News

THE girlfriend of a soldier killed in a car crash has posted a tribute to him on Facebook from her hospital bed.

Paige Palmer is recovering after being seriously injured in the crash in which Fusilier Tony Emery, aged 24, from Westhoughton, died at the scene.

He was on leave from a tour in Afghanistan when he died on Monday after his red VW Golf overturned and landed in a ditch on the A666 near Kearsley at about 11.10am.

Miss Palmer, aged 20, also from Westhoughton, broke her back, neck and pelvis in the crash and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

The crash is believed to have happened after the Golf was overtaken by a BMW.

Both Mr Emery and Miss Palmer, who calls herself Paige Jeffery on Facebook, had to be cut from the wreckage.

Miss Palmer, who also posted a photograph of herself in Salford Royal Hospital, said: “I should have died with him. The police said I was in his arms. It is not fair I miss him.

“Thanks everyone. Love you all for being there for me. RIP my soldier, we should have died together at least I got my last cuddle with you, seems not real all this I will miss you forever Tony. RIP.

“Can’t stop crying, it’s killing me.”


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Fusilier Emery, who served with B Company, Second Fusiliers, was based in Cyprus and had been on three tours, including Iraq, but returned home before Christmas.

It is believed he was due to return to duty later this month.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Jim Taylor, described him as “universally popular” and said he will forever be remembered by his regimental family after his life was so “tragically” cut short.

The 22-year-old BMW driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed until March 11.

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7:24am Thu 9 Jan 14

darryl1234 says...

it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.
it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins. darryl1234
  • Score: -18

7:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

regardless of the depth of the friendship - this lass deserves to be given the space to recover from what was indeed a very traumatic experience.
regardless of the depth of the friendship - this lass deserves to be given the space to recover from what was indeed a very traumatic experience. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 8

9:39am Thu 9 Jan 14

sueie1 says...

The poor girl :(
The poor girl :( sueie1
  • Score: 8

1:48pm Thu 9 Jan 14

bernie boy says...

darryl1234 wrote:
it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.
If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.
[quote][p][bold]darryl1234[/bold] wrote: it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.[/p][/quote]If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird. bernie boy
  • Score: 16

5:08pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

bernie boy wrote:
darryl1234 wrote:
it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.
If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.
Enough already - nobody else's business - what does it all matter now?
[quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darryl1234[/bold] wrote: it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.[/p][/quote]If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.[/p][/quote]Enough already - nobody else's business - what does it all matter now? Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -3

5:42pm Thu 9 Jan 14

The bluetooth. says...

Am sure theres more to life than facebook.
Am sure theres more to life than facebook. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 10

6:11pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Smile everyday88 says...

He had not been on any active tours of Afghanistan only training like every other soldier. Its very sad but bolton news should get their facts correct when reporting
He had not been on any active tours of Afghanistan only training like every other soldier. Its very sad but bolton news should get their facts correct when reporting Smile everyday88
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Smile everyday88 says...

For someone so devastated her pics pn fb just show someone smiling posing for pics just to show her injuries off! Its not for me to judge but it looks terrible. Even so hope the family get lots of support
For someone so devastated her pics pn fb just show someone smiling posing for pics just to show her injuries off! Its not for me to judge but it looks terrible. Even so hope the family get lots of support Smile everyday88
  • Score: 9

10:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

Boltonresident2012 wrote:
bernie boy wrote:
darryl1234 wrote:
it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.
If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.
Enough already - nobody else's business - what does it all matter now?
It doesn't and never will again!
[quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darryl1234[/bold] wrote: it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.[/p][/quote]If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.[/p][/quote]Enough already - nobody else's business - what does it all matter now?[/p][/quote]It doesn't and never will again! Comment777
  • Score: 3

10:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

Comments being censored again, FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THE PERSON WHOSE COMMENT THE CENSORED COMMENT FOLLOWS IS A LITTLE TOO SENSITIVE...people die, at birth, as children in accidents, as a result of injury, disease, genetic mutations, inherited or acquired...get used to it because one day it will be your turn!!!!!
Comments being censored again, FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THE PERSON WHOSE COMMENT THE CENSORED COMMENT FOLLOWS IS A LITTLE TOO SENSITIVE...people die, at birth, as children in accidents, as a result of injury, disease, genetic mutations, inherited or acquired...get used to it because one day it will be your turn!!!!! Comment777
  • Score: -7

10:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

bernie boy wrote:
darryl1234 wrote:
it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.
If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.
Sounds as though the original comment hints at a touch of jealousy...
[quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darryl1234[/bold] wrote: it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.[/p][/quote]If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.[/p][/quote]Sounds as though the original comment hints at a touch of jealousy... Comment777
  • Score: 8

1:46pm Sat 11 Jan 14

93xKLJ says...

bernie boy wrote:
darryl1234 wrote:
it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.
If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.
As Paige and Tony's close friend I would like to say that it has nothing to do with you if they was in a relationship or not. The fact is we have sadly lost a good friend in what we would call like a BROTHER and Paige is recovering from a horrific crash. so whatever you hear/read please keep your opinion to yourself unless you have something nice to say as Paige will have read this and it doesn't help in anyway. Daryl thank you for supporting Paige means a lot.
[quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darryl1234[/bold] wrote: it is not her boyfriend they are just good friends. why do people jump when they see a lad and girl together that they are more then friends. just drop it now and let her recover and Tonys faimly have space and try move on with their live in sted of having it rubbed in their faces every 2mins.[/p][/quote]If he was not her boyfriend, why does she refer to him as though he was. I enjoy the company of my friends very much, but I don't want to die in their arms, that's a bit weird.[/p][/quote]As Paige and Tony's close friend I would like to say that it has nothing to do with you if they was in a relationship or not. The fact is we have sadly lost a good friend in what we would call like a BROTHER and Paige is recovering from a horrific crash. so whatever you hear/read please keep your opinion to yourself unless you have something nice to say as Paige will have read this and it doesn't help in anyway. Daryl thank you for supporting Paige means a lot. 93xKLJ
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Sat 11 Jan 14

93xKLJ says...

Smile everyday88 wrote:
He had not been on any active tours of Afghanistan only training like every other soldier. Its very sad but bolton news should get their facts correct when reporting
How would you know if he had been on tour or not. My friend had served his Time in Iraq and in Afghanistan, fighting for are country! Stop being so disrespectful! Even if he didn't, signing up for the Army and being a train solider is enough to show respect, not writing negative things just because he lost his life not in action!!!!!! RIP Tony
[quote][p][bold]Smile everyday88[/bold] wrote: He had not been on any active tours of Afghanistan only training like every other soldier. Its very sad but bolton news should get their facts correct when reporting[/p][/quote]How would you know if he had been on tour or not. My friend had served his Time in Iraq and in Afghanistan, fighting for are country! Stop being so disrespectful! Even if he didn't, signing up for the Army and being a train solider is enough to show respect, not writing negative things just because he lost his life not in action!!!!!! RIP Tony 93xKLJ
  • Score: 1

7:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Smile everyday88 says...

I didn't mean to be disrespectful I was simply stating a fact that bolton news are missing the facts out.
I didn't mean to be disrespectful I was simply stating a fact that bolton news are missing the facts out. Smile everyday88
  • Score: -1

12:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Joeparker says...

Paige is recovering in hospital from serious injuries... why cant people just let her recover and grieve in peace... so Paige puts pics on fb and what?? If it helps her deal with the process leave her too it and stop looking on said profile... your obvs not a friend of hers... Also you have to be very naive if you believe everything you read in the papers... At the end of the day a man lost his life, a man who fought for our country... we should be posting nothing but condolences and wishing for Paige to have a speedy recovery... Have some respect... R.I.P Tony and Paige save all your energy and focus on getting better :) xxx
Paige is recovering in hospital from serious injuries... why cant people just let her recover and grieve in peace... so Paige puts pics on fb and what?? If it helps her deal with the process leave her too it and stop looking on said profile... your obvs not a friend of hers... Also you have to be very naive if you believe everything you read in the papers... At the end of the day a man lost his life, a man who fought for our country... we should be posting nothing but condolences and wishing for Paige to have a speedy recovery... Have some respect... R.I.P Tony and Paige save all your energy and focus on getting better :) xxx Joeparker
  • Score: 1

2:09am Mon 3 Feb 14

Paige Jeffrey says...

Smile everyday88 wrote:
For someone so devastated her pics pn fb just show someone smiling posing for pics just to show her injuries off! Its not for me to judge but it looks terrible. Even so hope the family get lots of support
Not showing my injuries off at all. I'm smiling cause I had family and friends for support. I'm devastated tony past away there was nothing I could do to stop that, so keep your vile comments to yourself. We didn't deserve what had happened.
[quote][p][bold]Smile everyday88[/bold] wrote: For someone so devastated her pics pn fb just show someone smiling posing for pics just to show her injuries off! Its not for me to judge but it looks terrible. Even so hope the family get lots of support[/p][/quote]Not showing my injuries off at all. I'm smiling cause I had family and friends for support. I'm devastated tony past away there was nothing I could do to stop that, so keep your vile comments to yourself. We didn't deserve what had happened. Paige Jeffrey
  • Score: 1

2:50am Mon 3 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

Paige Jeffrey wrote:
Smile everyday88 wrote:
For someone so devastated her pics pn fb just show someone smiling posing for pics just to show her injuries off! Its not for me to judge but it looks terrible. Even so hope the family get lots of support
Not showing my injuries off at all. I'm smiling cause I had family and friends for support. I'm devastated tony past away there was nothing I could do to stop that, so keep your vile comments to yourself. We didn't deserve what had happened.
I look at that pic and see a person in pain trying to smile, I do not know you Paige nor understand what you are going through as I have not been there but I do know that just by posting here you are a winner/fighter.
I hope you are fighting fit soon and just ignore the haters and trolls :)
[quote][p][bold]Paige Jeffrey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smile everyday88[/bold] wrote: For someone so devastated her pics pn fb just show someone smiling posing for pics just to show her injuries off! Its not for me to judge but it looks terrible. Even so hope the family get lots of support[/p][/quote]Not showing my injuries off at all. I'm smiling cause I had family and friends for support. I'm devastated tony past away there was nothing I could do to stop that, so keep your vile comments to yourself. We didn't deserve what had happened.[/p][/quote]I look at that pic and see a person in pain trying to smile, I do not know you Paige nor understand what you are going through as I have not been there but I do know that just by posting here you are a winner/fighter. I hope you are fighting fit soon and just ignore the haters and trolls :) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

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