On Thursday, 27 June 2019, the horrific sound of a crash was heard in Efenechtyd followed quickly by the sound of sirens. Olivia Alkir, the beautiful 17-year-old and only daughter of Jo and Mesut Alkir was involved in a terrible car crash less than a mile from where she lived.
Olivia was travelling in a car with two other girls from Ysgol Brynhyfryd when the driver from Olivia’s year at school – having only passed his driving test the day before – lost control of his car on a bend and hit an oncoming car head-on. He was recklessly racing with another boy at the time; ignoring pleas to slow down. Olivia, in the back seat, received massive internal injuries at impact and tragically died at the scene.
Olivia, born and raised in the hamlet, was a beautiful and popular A-grade student about to join her final year of school as deputy head girl, take her A-levels and head off to university. Olivia was planning her life and career when it was so cruelly and prematurely taken from her.
The close-knit residents of Efenechtyd who had watched Olivia grow and develop from a small child to a wonderful teenager were shocked and totally devastated. No words can describe the effect of Olivia’s death on the community.