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Crash victims' family thanks for generosity in wake of tragedy

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 23, 2012

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THE family of Irish holidaymakers involved in the horrific Hamelin Way crash have thanked Bay fundraisers for their generosity.

The trustees of the Hamelin Way fund have been in contact with the family of Con, 39, and his wife Elber Twomey, 36, from Meelin in County Cork.

Their 16-month-old son, Oisin, and unborn daughter did not survive the crash on July 10.

Family priest Father David Herlihy confirmed that Elber is starting to show signs of recovery.

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Father Herlihy said: "Con is not so great. Elber is doing well and should recover physically, but emotionally it's going to be a very long journey."

Fund trustee Susie Colley said Mr and Mrs Twomey had since been repatriated to Ireland by air ambulance and were being cared for in a hospital 60 miles away from their family home.

They were being treated for serious brain injuries at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

Elber is understood to now be conscious and speaking.

She has been told of the death of her son and unborn baby girl.

Her husband Con is said to have opened his eyes.

Susie said: "The family have thanked us for our fundraising and the generosity of all those who have donated.

"I told them it is the least we can do because we don't want them to worry about costs."

The fund has so far raised £3,600.

A collection at B&Q in Torquay on Saturday raised £258 with collecting tins at other supermarkets still to be counted.

Mrs Colley said that the trustees had decided to close the fund at the end of September.

She said: "The funds coming in are slowing and we feel the fund has achieved what we wanted it to do."

The fund aims to also support the family of father-of-two Marek Wojciechowski, the driver of the Vauxhall Vectra which was seen to swerve into the path of the Twomey's VW Golf.

He was arrested at the scene but later died. Police confirmed a suicide note from Mr Wojciechowski had been found.

The fund has been set up by the Torre and Upton Community Partnership.

A partnership spokesman said local people wanted to express their shock and support for the families involved in a tangible way.

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