The wife of a Polish taxi driver killed in a head-on crash which also claimed the lives of a toddler and his unborn sister has written an emotional tribute to the man who she “loved with all my heart”.
Crash victims Con, 39, and Elber Twomey, 36, from the village of Meelin in County Cork, Ireland, are both in a critical condition in Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital following the crash on Hamelin Way, Torquay, last Friday.
The crash killed the couple’s son, Oisin, two, and their unborn daughter, who relatives said was to be named Elber Marie.
Investigations are continuing into the crash amid suggestions that 26-year-old Marek Wojciechowski swerved into the path of the Twomeys’ car to take his own life.
Now his wife Agnieszka Wojciechowski, the mother of his two small daughters who lives in Torquay, responded after a frenzy on Facebook and the Polish equivalent of Friends Reunited. On a Polish radio station’s website, she said: “Stop commenting if you don’t know the whole story. I’m the wife of the person who died in the accident.
“I know why it happened and I cannot agree with what you are all suggesting. My husband drove into those people’s car, that’s true. But you should think why it happened before you judge him. He wasn’t drunk or under the influence of drugs.
“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 now is pray for him and the Irish family, please pray with me for their souls.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating whether an officer was in pursuit of a car moments before it was involved in the crash.
An IPCC statement said it had conducted an assessment of the circumstances of the incident “and decided to independently investigate police actions and decisions before the collision, including whether or not an officer was in pursuit of a black Vauxhall Vectra”.
Witnesses are asked to contact the IPCC on 0800 0969072 or email hamelinwaycollision @ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.