'I will never forget the panic'
Published 29/10/2010 | 05:00
Cathleen Lawless yesterday recalled her fear that the crashed car she was trapped in alongside her dead husband would explode as Jason Gormley walked away.
"I was trapped in the car badly injured and unable to do anything. He never offered to help. I will never forget the panic I felt when I got an awful smell of burning and heat and I thought the car was going to ignite," she said.
"After 380 days, I found that the hardest part of the thing to accept," she said.
She said her home with their children, Rachel and Aidan junior, was a "a quiet place" since their father's death. He had just retired after 30 years' teaching.
"He loved such simple things, a pint in the Halfway, the odd flutter, a cigarette, a read of the paper, walking with his dog and a crossword."
Cathleen said her son was unable to talk about his father or visit his grave. She added her daughter blamed herself for his death and left her college course after her father's passing.
"Aidan and I would have celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on July 27, but instead of the cruise that we had spoken about, I found myself alone in the graveyard trying to decide what I should write on his headstone."