An Irish father who lost his two children in a horrific car crash in England last summer has died after a 10-month battle for life.
Con Twomey (39) died in Cork University Hospital after failing to recover from multiple injuries sustained in the crash while on holiday with his wife, child and unborn baby in Devon last July.
Con, a talented hurler from Meelin in north Cork, was transferred by air ambulance back to Ireland from a Devon hospital last year but had remained on a life support machine after he sustained severe head and chest injuries. He died early yesterday with his family by his bedside.
His wife Elber (37) is now the only survivor of the horrific two-car collision.
The couple's son Oisin, who was 16 months old, died shortly after the collision on July 6 outside Torquay in Cornwall.
Elber's unborn child, Elber Marie, could not be saved despite emergency surgery in Derriford Hospital outside Plymouth. She was due to have been born last December. Elber, a respected teacher in north Cork, suffered severe back and pelvic injuries in the crash and it was several weeks before she could be informed of the scale of the tragedy.
Oisin and Elber Marie died when the Volkswagen Golf driven by their parents was involved in a head-on collision while the family were on a two-week holiday.
Polish taxi driver Marek Wojciechowski (20), who apparently veered directly into the path of the Twomey's car, also died. Concern for his welfare had mounted after he apparently left a suicide note.