Crash victim dies two-and-a-half years after A14 Trimley accident
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A car passenger has died after never recovering from injuries suffered in a crash which killed two other people – two and-a-half years ago.
The accident happened in August 2012 on the eastbound A14 near the Trimley interchange sliproad when two 38-tonne lorries were in collision with a car.
Driver of the Fiat Punto, Christine Taylor, 59, of Clovelly Road, Wyken, Coventry, died at the scene.
Her 15-year-old grandson, William Taylor, of Welsh Road, Coventry, who was a passenger in the car, was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire with life-threatening injuries, but he later died.
Mrs Taylor’s partner Philip Wall was critically injured, but survived.
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Initially, he spent five weeks in a coma in intensive care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He suffered head injuries, and a broken arm, leg and ribs.
However, he never fully recovered from his life-changing injuries, was never able to return home, and died last Thursday in hospital, aged 65.
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Wendy Taylor, William’s mother, said it had been a traumatic two-and-a-half years for the family.
She said her stepfather Mr Wall had been cared for by a specialist brain injury unit.
She said: “I think after the accident everyone just thought that Phil had got better and carried on with his life. He never recovered from the accident and never came out of hospital.
“There was one period when he seemed to improve a bit and they got him up to walk with a frame but he was not very good on his feet and it was a real struggle for him.
“It’s been a horrible time and we will never get over it. We were hugely disappointed by the outcome of the court case. Now that crash has killed a third person – mum and Will, and now Phil.”
Lorry driver Roger Fuller, 51, of Willow Way, Harwich, was cleared of causing the accident on the A14 after being found not guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of charges of causing death by dangerous driving and careless driving.
His lorry had crashed into the back of the Fiat Punto, which then collided with the back of another lorry.