Relatives in tribute to Torquay crash family
THE family of the Irish couple critically injured in a horrific car crash in Torquay have spoken for the first time of the tragedy.
The couple's two-year-old son Oisin died in the crash on Hamelin Way on Friday afternoon, along with the couple's unborn daughter.
Con and Elber Twomey were still fighting for their lives at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Relatives from the family home in Meelin, County Cork are by their bedsides.
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In a statement they said: "Con and Elber Twomey, devoted husband and wife, father and mother to Oisin, who was the light of their lives, are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone who knew them at this time. The shock of the events, which took place last Friday afternoon, are still so raw and heartfelt.
“Con and Elber, like so many of the good things in life, always came together. The pride they had in the life shared with Oisin was so obvious to all who met them. The expectation they had of the child Elber carried adding to this happiness, was also so real. As they lie ill this loss is so hard to take.
“Embedded in their home community, Meelin and Rockchapel Parish in North West Cork, Con and Elber were involved in all aspects of its life, from Gaelic Athletic Association to local events, both were always together, attending, supporting their friends, neighbours and relatives. Their faith too always evident with a proactive involvement in church.
“At this time we, their family and friends, pray that this faith is rewarded with a real recovery. We pray too for Oisin and baby Elber Marie, born an angel. We ask too for the privacy of the families at this time to be respected so we can focus on helping them in the long recovery ahead.”
Twenty-five emergency service vehicles attended the incident, along with three air ambulances, including one from Dorset, which helped to take all four occupants of the cars to hospital.
A Polish man in his 20s, who was driving the second car, was arrested at the scene but later died, and police chiefs said it appeared the black Vauxhall Vectra which he drove went down the hill towards Kerswell Gardens and swerved into the path of the family’s oncoming car.