Parents of Irish couple injured in Torquay crash visit them in hospital

Sunday 08 July 2012 22.59
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Elber and Con Twomey were seriously injured in Friday's crash (Pic: BBC Spotlight)
Elber and Con Twomey were seriously injured in Friday's crash (Pic: BBC Spotlight)
The crash killed their two-year-old son Oisin and their unborn baby (Pic: BBC Spotlight)
The crash killed their two-year-old son Oisin and their unborn baby (Pic: BBC Spotlight)
Con Twomey grew up in Meelin
Con Twomey grew up in Meelin
Elber Twomey is from the nearby village of Rockchapel
Elber Twomey is from the nearby village of Rockchapel
The Convent of Mercy National School in Kanturk where Elber Twomey is a teacher
The Convent of Mercy National School in Kanturk where Elber Twomey is a teacher

The parents of the Irish couple seriously injured in a car crash in England have travelled to visit them in hospital in Devon.

Elber Twomey, 36, and her husband Con, 39, from Meelin in north Cork were injured in the crash that killed their two-year-old son Oisin and their unborn baby in Torquay on Friday.

They have both undergone surgery and remain in a serious condition at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Mrs Twomey is a primary school teacher at the Convent of Mercy National School in Kanturk. Mr Twomey grew up in Meelin, while Mrs Twomey is from the nearby village of Rockchapel.

A Devon police spokesperson said family liaison officers are supporting the families. Prayers were said for the family at Mass in their parishes this morning.

The Twomey family were on holiday in the area when the crash happened on Friday afternoon. A 20-year-old Polish man in the other car died from his injuries in hospital.

The road was closed for more than ten hours while the vehicles were recovered and forensic examinations took place.

Police chiefs said it appeared a black Vectra driven by the Polish man went down a hill and swerved into the path of the family's oncoming car.

A police major crime investigation team and serious collision investigation unit are looking into the circumstances of the crash.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall police has this evening told RTÉ their major crime investigation team are investigating because they are "not treating it as a straightforward collision."

Inspector Dave Eldrige said however nobody else is being sought in relation to the incident.

The crash was witnessed by a police officer who was immediately on the scene.

Because the driver of a police car witnessed the crash, the force has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of course.

However, the officer's police car had not been pursuing the vehicles.