A ZIMBABWEAN man has been charged after driving the wrong way on a British motorway and causing a head-on collision which resulted in the death of a 20-year-old aspiring model.
Wilfred Museka, 31, of Powell Street, Clayton, Manchester, appeared at Bury Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with causing death by dangerous driving and was remanded in custody.
Rebecca Caine, from Leeds, was a back seat passenger in a Chevrolet Matiz, when the vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a Renault Megane, coming the wrong way up the M62 motorway, allegedly driven by Museka.
The Chevrolet was heading east towards Leeds when the collision occurred at 3AM on Sunday, between junction 21 and 22, near Milnrow, Greater Manchester.
Museka has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving; fraud by false representation; driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence.
He is due to appear at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on October 8.
Caine's family said they had lost "a bright light".
In a tribute, Caine's family said: "As you can imagine our lives are shattered and our hearts are broken into pieces. She was a beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her. She was embarking on a modelling career and would be finishing her final year of her business degree at Leeds University.
"Rebecca was a bright light that attracted everything to her with her infectious laugh and her beaming smile. She saw the best in everyone and was loved by hundreds of friends. The worst part is the emptiness and the total waste of a beautiful life. She was only 20 when she died.
"She was our little girl now she is our little angel. Something somewhere has failed us. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the police and other services for helping us through this difficult time."