Police query if UK crash deliberate
Police in Devon, England are trying to establish whether Friday's head-on collision, which killed an Irish toddler and left his parents critical, was deliberate or accidental.
The high speed collision is being investigated by detectives from both the major crime and serious collision units of Devon and Cornwall Police, a police statement said..
Elber and Con Twomey from Meelin, North Cork were in a "critical but stable condition" a spokeswoman for Plymouth hospital said today.
Their one and a half year old son Oisín died and doctors failed to save the unborn child of Mrs Twomey (36) who was five months pregnant. Con Twomey (39) underwent emergency surgery.
The driver of the second car, a Polish driver in his 20s, had been arrested after the crash at Hamelin Way in Torquay shortly before 3pm on Friday but later died from his injuries.
He appeared to have swerved into the path of Cork couple's Irish registered Volkswagen Golf, police said on Friday.
Police would not comment today on reports that they had been alerted about the Polish man's well-being before the collision and that he had been spotted by police moments before the collision.
The incident was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because it was witnessed by a police officer. It is still deciding whether or not to investigate .
The priest who officiated at the couple’s wedding described the information coming out about the circumstances of the crash as "appalling".
"They seemed to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is traumatic," Fr Dave Herlihy said.
He is set to travel to the hospital in Plymouth to offer his comfort and support family who are by their hospital bedsides.
He described pair as “a lovely couple, wrapped up in each other’s lives,”
"Just like any other young couple, they were planning their lives and building their new home," he said. .
"They took up residence in their new home full of the joys of life – planning and arranging and living and caring for each other," he said.
Fr Herlihy said they share the same "bubbly, outgoing” personalities"
Fr Herlihy is saying special Mass to pray for the couple’s recovery tonight.
Mrs Twomey is a primary teacher at the Convent of Mercy school in Kanturk.Con Twomey (39) is involved in the building trade.
They were travelling to Pembroke to catch the ferry back to Rosslare when the crash occurred. They chose to bring their car to the UK rather than holiday in the sun because of her pregnancy.
The road where the crash took place was closed for 10 hours, and 25 emergency vehicles attended the scene along with three air ambulances.