Families of those killed in car accidents hope that others can learn from their pain.
The families of a mother and three of her children who perished after their family car collided with an oncoming lorry have urged others to “learn from our tragedy” and drive safely.
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 wagon, but they were unharmed.
Mrs Powell and her three children died as a result of a road traffic collision, according to an inquest held on Thursday at Oxford Coroner’s Court by senior coroner Darren Salter.
The families claimed the inquest had brought closure to a “very difficult time” of their lives in a statement released by Thames Valley Police following the hearing.
“While there is much about the crash that we will never fully explain, it is useful to appreciate some of the plausible reasons for what caused it,” they stated.
Driving is not always as safe as we would want. We all have a responsibility to drive safely to the best of our abilities and maintain the roads as safe as possible.
“We appreciate the hard work and thoroughness of the police, coroner, and crash investigators.
“The fact that such a minor distraction might have resulted in such a tragic tragedy should serve as a sad reminder to everyone that roadways are hazardous places; a single moment’s actions have destroyed an entire family and left a lasting impact on everyone around them.
“While it may be difficult to imagine, there isn’t a single driver who hasn’t been in a comparable circumstance and escaped a serious crash solely due to chance.
“Driving isn’t always as safe as we wish it was. We all have a responsibility to drive to the best of our abilities and maintain the roads clean. (This is a brief piece.)