FAO UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE, RIGHT HONOURABLE JIM FITZPATRICK
Further to my previous letter in which I requested a meeting with you and Paul Martin to take this issue further I felt I needed to forward the findings of this inquest into the death of an 85 year old lady in March 2007.
This is another example of a poorly maintained trailer killing one of our
Please note the highlighted findings in blue which confirm the trailer was in a terrible condition.
These trailers are not coming off because they have been badly fitted they are coming off and brakes are not working to stop them because they are in such an appalling state.
The evidence you have been given is factually incorrect…
According to my records gathered from information at the inquests virtually all these deaths are due to the condition of the towed vehicles. They become decoupled and the brakes do not work so they kill people.
Very Best Wishes
The Old Forge
From: Ron Melancon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 06 February 2008 07:55
Subject: Woman, 85, 'killed by dangerous trailer'
Woman, 85, 'killed by dangerous trailer'
Feb 5 2008 icWales
An elderly woman died when a trailer came loose and hit the car she was in, a court heard today.
Timothy Rose, 49, was towing the trailer on his Land Rover down a hill when it became detached and swung into the road, where it collided with a Vauxhall Corsa travelling uphill.
Elizabeth Roberts, 85, was the nearside passenger in the car driven by her son-in-law Paul Llewellyn, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Hywel Hughes, prosecuting, said: “Glass was flying everywhere, there were scenes of chaos and confusion after the impact. It became clear Mrs Roberts was injured very seriously.
“She died at the scene despite valiant efforts by paramedics and a doctor.”
Mr Hughes said the trailer was in a bad condition – on three of its four wheels the brakes were defective. He said the ball fitting on the Land Rover and socket fitting on the trailer were different sizes.
In a statement read out in court, he said: “The trailer started to fishtail. As I looked back in horror, I saw the trailer, instead of being behind me it was beside me but there was nothing I could do.”
The court heard Rose had a routine check ’“once in a while” and did the maintenance himself.
Hayley Griffiths was driving behind Rose at the time of the incident on Pentyrch Hill in
She said: “At the top of the hill I noticed the trailer started to bounce from side to side.
“I wanted to get away from the trailer so I tried to slow down.”
She said she did not see any brake lights come on on the trailer.