Investigation into Rhos police car crash will take six months

Reporter:

Charlie Croasdale

A MOTHER left “marooned” without transport after a police car smashed into her parked car, writing it off, may have to wait six months before she gets answers about what happened.

North Wales Police have written to Heather Edwards, of Hill Street, Rhos, saying an investigation into why a marked squad car crashed into her Fiat Punto in the early hours of the morning could take up to six months to complete.

The car was parked on the side of the road when it was hit in the early hours of June 3.

The crash also wrote off a Ford Fiesta belong to Mrs Edwards’ aunt.

Mrs Edwards, 27, and husband Lee, 35, have been left without a car since the incident and could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket.

And they have been left fuming after a letter from North Wales Police said its investigation into the crash could take up to half a year.

“Surely someone knows what happened and it shouldn’t take that long,” Mrs Edwards said.

“I feel like we’ve been left in limbo.”

Mr and Mrs Edwards said they were paying for their £7,000 Fiat in instalments and are still required to meet the payments, despite now having no vehicle to drive.

Insurers have paid out £4,200, meaning the couple are £2,800 out of pocket and without a car.

Mrs Edwards, who works as a hairdresser at Wild About Hair in Wrexham, said the situation is proving a “nightmare” for her and her husband, who is a forklift truck driver in Penley. The couple have a two-year-old daughter Layla and Mrs Edwards said she hoped the reasons behind the crash would soon become clear.

Mrs Edwards said: “We received a letter from the police saying the investigation could take up to six months.

“I don’t know what the normal procedures are but we want answers as soon as possible.

“I’m without a car and I’m in a situation where I’m still paying for a car that was written off in an incident which wasn’t our fault.

“I can’t afford a new car at the moment. I want to know what happened now, as those who were involved in the crash must know. The lack of information from the police,

well it’s not been good enough in my opinion.

“We feel marooned. If we want to get anywhere it’s taxis or buses at the moment. It’s a nightmare because I’m now paying for a car I don’t have.

“Lee is having to leave an hour earlier to walk into Johnstown to catch a bus to work. It’s difficult when you have a young child.”

Her aunt, Susan Griffiths, 66, of Rhostyllen, a retired pharmacuetical nurse at the Maelor Hospital, whose car was also written off in the collision, has had to use savings to pay for a new vehicle.

“My aunt has had to dip into her life savings to get herself a new car,” Mrs Edwards added.

“She shouldn’t have to be doing that at her age.”

A NWP spokesman said the investigation into the collison was ongoing, but declined to comment further.

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