Emma Louise-Ellis, 27, was just a teenager when a police officer knocked on the door of the family home on Broadgreen and told her that news father Ron Ellis, 56, had died after another vehicle rammed his car and he had hit a tree.
A woman who mourns for her father a decade after his death talks about it to save others.
Ron Ellis was killed when a car hit his cab when the driver had a seizure.
She said, “It was February 2, 2007, when I was off school when I was not supposed to try to finish a coursework. I was at home and the policeman knocked on the front door.
Emma then had to identify his body and live with the fact that his death could have been prevented-and she is trying to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Later, she found out that the driver had a seizure at the wheel that caused him to step on the gas pedal.
“At first I thought I was in trouble because I wasn’t in school, but then I found out that there had been an accident with my father. They asked me to confirm which car he was driving, so I did.”
“Since I was so young, of course I didn’t ask for the details, I was just devastated. Later, when I got back home, I found out that it was because the other driver had a seizure and put his foot on the gas pedal.
Emma, who now lives in St. Helen’s, said the policeman told her the accident was fatal and they went to her mother to tell her personally at work.
The car hit the back seat of the cab driver Ron and slammed him into a tree.
“I was not told he was alive until after 30 minutes in the ambulance. I don’t think I needed to know that for my peace of mind,” said Emma.
A decade later, Emma wants to remember her father by raising awareness of what happened to him and convincing drivers with epilepsy to ensure that epilepsy is properly reported and controlled.
“It’s been ten years, but it’s as if it happened yesterday. I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through – it hurts just as much now as it did then.
“They don’t know what can happen in a split second. This decision has affected my mother’s life, my family’s life and my life.
“In the beginning I was really angry, and I still find it hard now. But I look at the whole thing – I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.
“If I could stop a person with epilepsy from getting into a car when their condition is not under control, I could save their life, I could save the lives of other people.