According to the inquiry, the mother and three children perished when their automobile collided with a vehicle.
An inquest heard that a mother and her three children perished when their family car collided with an oncoming vehicle.
The crash on the A40 near Oxford killed Zoe Powell, 29, and her three children, Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, and Amelia, four, at about 9.50 p.m. on October 12 last year.
Josh Powell, her husband, and their 18-month-old daughter Penny were also passengers in the family’s Subaru people carrier and survived the incident.
The couple had retrieved their four children, who had been living with Mr Powell’s parents in Worcestershire, and were returning to their home in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, at the time, according to Oxford Coroner’s Court.
Mrs Powell was driving the family automobile, which was equipped with a special car seat arrangement that allowed the four children to sit in the rear seat next to each other.
The Subaru drifted into the path of a fully loaded Renault 480 lorry on the opposite side of the road, according to the inquest.
Senior coroner Darren Salter stated that while he couldn’t rule out the potential of a “planned act,” he didn’t think it was plausible.
There was “no evidence” that Mrs Powell had considered harming herself or her children, he continued.
Mr Salter stated, “It’s more likely to be due to exhaustion or distraction, or a mix of the two, and that the steering input was driver error.”
“The cruise control was on, and at the last second, the accelerator rather than the brake was applied, which is a common occurrence in these situations.”
Mrs Powell and her three children were killed when their car “crashed on to the wrong side of the road and collided with an approaching lorry,” he concluded.
Mrs Powell, an artist and author, and her daughter Phoebe were pronounced dead at the scene, with various injuries as the cause of death.
Simeon, the son, and Amelia, the daughter, were transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where they died later. The cause of death for Simeon. (This is a brief piece.)