Tuesday 16 January 2018

Horror crash mum Elber helping elite garda driver training unit

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Elber Twomey
Elber Twomey

A YOUNG Irish woman who lost her entire family in a horror crash and has devoted her life to road safety campaigns is now assisting an elite garda driver training course.

Elber Twomey was invited to Templemore Garda Training College by Supt Pat McCabe and directly addressed members of the driver training unit.

The elite team is charged with preparing gardai with how to handle high-risk driving situations ranging from emergency pursuits to motorist surveillance and from high-speed hospital transfer escorts to handling potentially suicidal motorists.

"I was honoured by the kind invitation from Supt McCabe. It was great, thank God, to be able to speak directly with the garda training team," Elber said.

Her input will now be used to frame future course training modules - and, it is hoped, the young Cork woman will be brought back to speak directly to garda trainees about her experiences.

The aim is to better prepare garda drivers for dealing with high-risk motorists.

Elber is hoping to train as a counsellor in order to assist those who have suffered heart-rending bereavements.

"I don't want anyone to go through the nightmare that I have endured over the past three years," she said.

"I wholeheartedly agree with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) that people should slow down, allow extra time for their journeys, take extra care on the roads and ensure that all road users arrive safe at their destination."

Elber (38) lost her son, Oisin (16 months) and her unborn baby girl, Elber Marie, in a head-on collision in Torquay, Devon on July 6, 2012, after Polish taxi driver, Marek Wojciechowski (26), deliberately rammed their Volkswagen Golf.

Elber's husband, Con (38), died almost 10 months later in hospital from the terrible injuries he sustained in the collision. The young woman survived despite having to endure 19 separate operations after the accident.

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