Monday 23 April 2018

Widow of driver involved in crash that killed Irish tot insists husband was sober

Oisin Twomey
Oisin Twomey

Colm Kelpie and Ralph Riegel

THE wife of the Polish taxi driver involved in a horror crash that killed an Irish toddler and his unborn sister has denied that he was on either drink or drugs.

Agnieszka Wojciechowski has written an emotional tribute to Marek, the man she "loved with all my heart" and the father of their two young daughters.

Mr Wojciechowski (20) died after the collision outside Torquay, England, last Friday that has left Con (39) and Elber (36) Twomey fighting for their lives in hospital.

The Twomey's little boy, Oisin -- who was 16 months old -- died minutes after the head-on collision and emergency surgery failed to save Elber's unborn daughter, Elber Marie.

Police are now investigating whether Mr Wojciechowski may have deliberately veered his car at high speed into the path of the Twomeys' car.


"He wasn't drunk or under the influence of drugs," his wife wrote on a website following a frenzy of speculation about the accident in Poland."

She continued: "The man I love with all my heart is no longer here. He left me and our two young children. I will never be able to tell him how much I love him and he will never say these words to me again.

"He won't be able to cuddle our children ever again. One of my children cried yesterday because she wanted her daddy. You don't understand the tragic situation we are in.

"I feel very sorry for the other family as well and I pray for them all. All we can do is pray for him and the Irish family; please pray with me for their souls.

"My God, I've lost my husband. I cannot cope. I loved him so much and always will.

"I love you, my treasure, rest in peace. Yours forever, your loving wife."

The UK's Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed that it is investigating whether Mr Wojciechowski's car was being chased by police at the time of the collision.

Devon police denied that the car was being pursued, although they were looking for Mr Wojciechowski after a friend had contacted them amid concerns for his well-being.

A suicide note had been discovered and it was apparently feared that the young man was intending to harm himself.

Members of the Twomey family are continuing a bedside vigil at the hospital, where they are being supported by the parish priest of Newmarket, Co Cork, Fr Dave Herlihy.

Irish Independent

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