Family’s ‘thank you’ after tragic A41 crash

Flowers at scene of fatal accident near to Waddesdon on the A41
Flowers at scene of fatal accident near to Waddesdon on the A41

A family whose lives were changed forever when they were involved in a fatal crash on the A41 have thanked those who have supported and helped them.

Andrew and Louise Taylor, who live in Westcott, were transporting their son David and his friends to his 11th birthday party at Quasar in Hemel Hempstead on February 20, when the two-car convoy they were travelling in was involved in the accident.

A car being driven by 17-year-old Laura Walden drifted into the oncoming lane, clipping Louise’s car in front and then crashing head on into Mr Taylor’s vehicle which was carrying his son and six other children.

Miss Walden, died at the scene, Mr Taylor and the children were injured and two had to be airlifted to hospital. Mr Taylor is now confined to a wheelchair while his injuries heal.

David, who attends Quainton C of E School, suffered a brain injury in the accident, and while he is doing well, it is not yet known to what extent it will affect him as he grows up.

Mr Taylor said: “My son had a broken arm, collapsed lung, fractured eye socket and bleeding to the back of his brain. He had to be put into an induced coma at the side of the road.

“They are not sure how well he will recover but he has been able to go back to school. It’s been quite hard to accept it all because you always ask yourself is there something I could have done to avoid it.

He added: “As a family we would like to thank all the people that helped us and our family and friends.

“If the air ambulance wasn’t there my son would not have survived, there was also a neurosurgeon at the scene who was just passing in his car stopped to help us.”

The other children were also injured in the accident and received treatment, but all are now well enough to return to school.

David is having a phased introduction back to school and at the moment is completing half days.

“Things are getting better, the kids had a sports day last week and it was so nice to see all of them have some involvement in the event.

“A couple of months ago that just wouldn’t have happened and it was a very emotional day.”

An inquest heard earlier this month that it may never be known why Miss Walden’s car drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic close to Fleet Marston.

Senior coroner Richard Hulett recorded a narrative verdict that she died as the result of a road traffic collision.

The popular teenager, who lived in Quainton, attended Waddesdon C of E School and was looking forward to taking up a place at university.

Her parents Louise and Peter described their daughter as ‘special, loving and beautiful’.