Crash driver knew boys as friends

School friends lay flowers at the scene of the fatal road crash on the A62 Geldard Road.
School friends lay flowers at the scene of the fatal road crash on the A62 Geldard Road.

The sister of the driver who is critically ill in hospital after Saturday’s fatal accident has spoken exclusively to the Observer & Advertiser.

Fallon Abigail Goodwill said her brother would be absolutely devastated to learn what had happened to his friends – if he ever wakes up.

Fallon said: “Tom is autistic and is only mentally 14 or 15 himself.

“He has been close friends with all the boys after meeting them while out on their bikes at the skatepark.

“He is mentally on the same level as the boys and they’re always hanging about together doing typical lads stuff – cars, bikes.”

Fallon said her brother was in a critical condition in hospital and spent most of Monday in theatre. It is still unclear whether he will recover from his injuries.

“He has a shattered bone at the base of his neck, severed his spine, has a punctured lung and fractured bones,” she said. “If he does survive, he could be paralysed.

“If he does make it through, not only will he have to come to terms with his injuries, but the grief of what has happened to his closest friends will ruin his life. He will never be able to forgive himself.

“At this time, nobody know what happened. No one knows if he is to blame.

“We should be focusing on the three boys who are still seriously injured and fighting for their lives. They are all critically ill.

“I know people are angry and want to know what happened, but we need to stick together.

“My heart goes out to 
all the friends and families of the others involved 
and I pray that our three boys keep fighting and 
pull through.”