Holywell widow tells of day her world shattered


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

THE devastated widow of a man killed in a road crash not far from his home has told how she had lost her husband, the father of her children, her best friend and her soul mate.

Her world had been shattered, the wife of Holywell man Christopher Davies said.

On Wednesday, Gareth Ifan Ritchie, 23, admitted causing the death of motorcyclist Mr Davies by careless driving and was jailed for 10 months.

Ritchie, 23, was also banned for two-and-a-half years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Mr Davies, an experienced motorcyclist and a fine runner who ran for local clubs and for Wales, was killed in the crash last August.

Mold Crown Court was told that the fatal accident was caused when Ritchie lost control of his vehicle and crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

The car span out of control and Mr Davies had no chance to avoid the collision.

Ritchie admitted he caused Mr Davies’ death by careless driving on the A5026 at Holway Road, Carmel.

Widow Jacqueline Davies told how on the morning of Sunday, August 4 last year she kissed her husband goodbye and she left for work at about 7.30am.

The next time she saw him about three hours later he was dead.

“He was only 52 when his life was tragically taken away from him,” she said.

“My world has been shattered.

“My life will never be the same again without Chris in it.”

In her victim impact statement read to the court by her brother-in-law, Timothy Davies: “To suddenly have someone you love so much to be taken away in an instant is something I will never be able to accept. 

“It has changed my life forever.”

Mr Davies was her husband, the father of her children, her best friend and her soul mate, she added.

They had been together for more than 30 years.

Mr Davies had been planning to wind down in work so they could spend more time together as all three children had grown up and left home.

They both had the same days off from work to spend more time together.

Three days earlier they had spent a beautiful sunny day on a beach but Mrs Davies would never be able to do such things with her husband again again – no more days in the sun, no more holidays.

“Everything we had been planning and saving for has been taken away from us,” she said.

“Our future plans can never be fulfilled.

“The day his life was taken was the day my life as I knew it ended.”

She said her husband was not there to be cared for and she had no role as a wife.

The home they had built up over 22 years was now more like a prison to her – she felt insecure and lonely and was unable to sleep for fear of re-occurring nightmares.

She told how she would lie awake for hours “crying for my lost husband”.

Mrs Davies says she avoids going out in public and has lost all confidence.

“My days are very lonely with only family members for support,” she said.

She revealed she had to give up work at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan because the painful memories of the day her daughter died would haunt her forever.

Mrs Davies said she had been escorted down from the ward to A&E having been told her husband had been admitted as a patient.

She was then told he was dead following an incident less than a mile from their home.

Mrs Davies said she could not return to work in that ward again because it made her feel extremely anxious and depressed.

Her husband had always been extremely fit and healthy and had been a first class runner for many years, winning many trophies.

They would pack their running gear to go on holiday – but since his death she had no desire or energy to run.

She suffered severe stress, weight loss and health issues.

It had also affected their three children greatly.

“Breaking such tragic news to the children is not something any mother should have to do,” she added.

Mr Davies would never see them getting married or see his future grandchildren.

Having lost him so suddenly also made her fear for her own and her children’s futures and she was not able to relax.

“My life has been ruined,” she said.

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