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Con Twomey loses battle for life 10 months after horrific crash

BILL BROWNE

Published 09/05/2013 | 09:49

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A MAN who lost his two children in a horrific holiday crash in the UK 10 months ago finally succombed to his own injuries on Friday last.

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Con Twomey (39) passed away in the early hours of last Saturday at Cork University Hospital.

Mr Twomey, his wife Elber, who was pregnant with the couple's second child, Elber Marie, and their 16-month old son Oisin were on holiday in Cornwall when the crash happened near the town of Torquay on July 6 last.

In a cruel irony, Mr Twomey had decided it would have been safer to holiday in the UK rather than travel to a sun destination as his wife was five months pregnant.

Mr Twomey, a construction worker in Meelin, sustained head, neck and chest injuries in the crash, while his wife, a local school teacher, suffered severe back and pelvic injuries.

Their son, Oisin, died shortly after the incident and doctors at Derriford Hospital near Plymouth were unable to save Elber's unborn child despite emergency surgery.

Following the crash Mr Twomey was airlifted back to the CUH from Devon where he remained on a life-support machine.

"It is just heartbreaking. We are devastated beyond words," a family member said at the weekend.

The Twomey family were on a two-week holiday in the UK when their VW Golf was involved in a head-on collision near Torquay with a car being driven by Marek Wojciechowski.

The 20-year old Polish taxi driver, a father of two, appeared to veer straight into the path of the Twomey's car before the crash.

He was formally arrested following the incident but died from his injuries on the way to hospital.

He lived in Torquay with his wife Agnieska and their two young daughters.

Concerns for him had been raised prior to the crash he was believed to have written a suicide note that was found by a friend on the day of the tragedy.

It is believed that Mr Wojciechowski was homesick and may have been suffering from depression.

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