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Mother makes plea to drivers

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

The mother of two girls that died while travelling in a badly maintained car has made a plea to all drivers to look after their vehicles properly.  10-year-old Tamzin and 7-year-old Jessica Portor from Lincolnshire had been on their way to the cinema when the accident happened in 2012. It was heard at an inquest in King’s Lynn that the Ford Focus they had been travelling in had very low tyre treads. The partner of the girls’ father, Marie Easter, had been driving the car at the time of the accident.

Marie Easter admitted two charges of causing death by careless driving earlier this year.  The coroner concluded that the girls most probably died of multiple injuries after the car swerved and overturned in a ditch on the 27th of December 2012. It was found that the car had a slow puncture, uneven tyre pressures, and Jessica appeared not to have been wearing a seatbelt.

Missed appointment

Following the inquest, the girls’ mother said: “I just want to make people aware that if you’re driving a vehicle, you’re responsible for it and everybody in it”.

Marie Easter said that she had had her car repaired just before the accident happened, (19th December) and had been told by mechanics that the vehicle was safe to drive.  However, mechanics said that she had, in fact, missed the appointment to have her car repaired.

Ms Easter was given a fifteen-month jail term and was suspended from driving for two years. 

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