Family vow ‘we will not rest over crash’ which killed honest, hardworking Malcolm on A413

Malcolm Tindall's memorial
Malcolm Tindall's memorial

A devastated family has welcomed an independent inquiry into how police handled the car crash which killed their loved one.

Malcolm Tindall, 64, lived in Somerville Way, Aylesbury and worked as operations manager at Forza Limited in London.

He died on March 4th of this year, when a vehicle travelling in the opposite carriageway on the A413 close to Great Missenden careered into his lane in icy conditions.

The driver of the other car was also killed in the accident, and his passenger seriously injured.

This week, Mr Tindall’s wife Val, son Paul and daughter Mandy spoke to this paper to pay tribute to him. They told how they have campaigned from the start for an independent investigation, into why police left the scene of an earlier crash on the same stretch of road, minutes before the tragedy, without warning motorists about the ice that caused the accident.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced last week that they would take over the inquiry which had previously been led by Thames Valley Police.

Mr Tindall’s wife Val said, “He was my husband, my best friend and my world. I want to know what happened that day, only then will I be at peace.”

Daughter Mandy said: “My dad was my world and was someone I could always rely on, he would do anything for anyone and we need to know if there is anything the police could have done more that morning.

“Our dad was amazing, very kind, reliable and hardworking. His death has left a devastating hole in our lives. We want to help prevent families from going through what we go through and continue to go through in the future.

“As a family we need to know why police left the scene of the first crash just 23 minutes before a second accident, killing two people.”

Son Paul added: “After six months of us trying to get the investigation independent the IPCC has finally done so and we welcome the decision.

“My Dad was a good man, honest, hardworking and the backbone of the family.

“We will not rest until we find out what happened that day.

“My father deserves that. He has been laid to rest but not until we have our questions answered can he truly rest in peace.

“Only then will we be able to find closure and try to move forward as a family.

“We also hope that anyone with any information about the crash, or the road conditions that morning, will get in touch via our Justice For Malcolm Facebook group.”

The family also said how grateful they were to friends and family for their support, and for attending the funeral service at Chiltern Crematorium on March 20.

They also praised celebrant Donna Forbes for conducting a ‘truly lovely’ funeral service.

To donate to the road safety charity BRAKE in Mr Tindall’s memory visit www.justgiving.com/MalcolmTindall