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Gap exists between expectations and laws

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18.01.2019

It is hard to imagine a more tragic circumstance than the one that befell Cheryl Swan last year.

She had farewelled her son Daniel after sharing a Mother’s Day lunch with their usual hug and exchange of “I love you”.

Devastated: Cheryl Swan wants to see changes in the law surrounding fatal road crashes strengthened. Picture: Scott Gelston

Two hours later, the 28-year-old was killed in a head-on car crash when another driver crossed to the wrong side of the road.

Photos of the crash, which Ms Swan has encouraged media to republish, show how utterly devastating that impact was.

Horrific: Emergency service workers at the scene of a fatal two vehicle crash on the West Tamar Highway at Loira, five kilometres north of Exeter.

All fatal crashes are horrific but the sheer scale of damage to the vehicles was confronting - it is one the worst emergency services have seen.

The crash occurred within kilometres of Ms Swan’s home and despite her best efforts to go to her son, she was unable to do so.

In some small assuagement, Daniel’s friend who was driving close behind was able to be with him and comfort him as he passed.

Losing a child in such sudden, random and violent circumstances would be the hardest thing for a parent to experience.

You would........

© The Examiner