Andrew was 21 years old and had recently started going out with a new girlfriend. On Boxing Day he met her parents for the first time. After leaving, Andrew began his journey home – which should have taken 30 minutes.
While he was driving along a 60mph rural road, his girlfriend sent him a text telling him what a wonderful evening it had been and how her Mum and Dad really liked him. How much of the text he read will never be known…shortly after the text was sent police were called to reports of a serious collision.
When the Police arrived they found the car had collided with a solid stone wall, the driver’s side having taken most of the impact, reducing the width of the car by half. Andrew’s phone was found within the car and the text had been opened. Andrew was killed as a result of the collision and his girlfriend never received a reply to her text. Andrew had been wearing his seatbelt and had consumed no drugs or alcohol.
Christmas will never be the same again for Andrew or his girlfriend’s families.