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Grieving Hampshire father allows wreckage of drink drive daughter’s car to go on display

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THE devastating consequences of people getting behind the wheel after a drink is shown here.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary are stopping off at various places around the county with a crumpled Vauxhall Corsa.

The female 23-year-old driver of the car, whose family wishes to remain anonymous, died in November last year, after losing control of her vehicle and crashing into a van.

She was four times over the drink-drive limit and died instantly.

This Christmas her father is supporting the police force’s Smashed drink-drive campaign to deter other people from driving after a drink.

He said: My memory of the night I lost my daughter will haunt me and my family for the rest of our lives.

‘To lose someone you love in such a terrible way causes indescribable pain, not least because I had to work out how I was going to tell my children their big sister had died.

‘When we later found out my daughter had been drinking, it made that pain so much more agonising – knowing it was that decision which ultimately ended her life.

‘I wanted to tell my story, her story, because I wanted people to see what devastation they can cause by making that choice. It’s a split second decision which can have far-reaching consequences.

‘My daughter was a kind-hearted, loving and caring individual who went out of her way to put others first. She made a mistake. One that she paid for with her life and one we’re still reeling from as a family.’

Sergeant Jay Hewes was at the scene on the A323 and saw the incident first hand.

He said: ‘It can’t fail to move you.

‘This young woman made the wrong choice and it’s a tragedy that a split second decision cost her life and has shattered her family.

‘She was not a bad person and that’s not how people will remember her. But it only took one wrong decision to devastate the lives of everyone who loved her.’

The car will be stopping in Portsmouth on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 12, Guildhall Walk.

Friday, December 21, Gunwharf Quays.

 

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