Couple in crash that killed wife and three kids had just celebrated 11 year anniversary

Couple in crash that killed wife and three kids had just celebrated 11 year anniversary

 

A couple who were involved in a horror crash that killed the wife and three children had just celebrated their 11th anniversary.

Zoe Powell, 29, tragically died alongside her two daughters, Phoebe, eight, and Amelia, four, and their six-year-old brother Simeon on Tuesday.

Husband Josh, 30, and their 18-month-old baby girl survived the smash and are described as being in a “critical but stable” condition at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

The couple, who married when Zoe was 18 and Josh 19, had celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on September 19.

In a previous anniversary posted on Facebook, Zoe paid a touching tribute to her husband.

It read: “I am thankful for nine years of marriage to my best friend today.

“These years have been so full of so many things and I love getting to share it together.

“Who knew what these years would hold when we got married at 18 and 19!”

In a moving final post on her parenting blog last May, mummy Zoe had written about taking a break from blogging, as she prepared for the couple’s fourth addition to her family.

She wrote candidly about the steps she was taking to prepare for the new arrival.

Zoe had not written a post since on her blog,  T he Mama Book  since – switching to her  Instagram  to post about family life in lockdown.

In the post, she wrote about finding mental space to enjoy motherhood, and how she was taking a temporary break from blogging and producing floral journals, to concentrate on being a mother-of-four.

The mum shared tips with followers about how she was preparing mentally for the exhaustion of welcoming the couple’s fourth child.

She wrote: “Baby is (hopefully) just around the corner over here, and these weeks, months of preparation will soon be forgotten in a blur of feeding and sleeping and all those newborn things.

“I’ve done this before and yet I still wanted to make sure I prepared not only physically- our home- but also mentally.

“The sleep deprived fog can make it hard to think clearly and I know that if I can set some things in place now then hopefully the next few months will run smoother mentally as well as practically!”

She posted tips for preserving mental health when becoming a new mum – from reminding herself she was “capable” to accepting help from others.

Zoe also wrote about making time for herself and for sleep, rather than trying to “do it all.”

She told followers how she had made a ‘good things’ list of activities that kept her happy – writing how she liked to be outside, listen to music, spend time alone or chat to a friend to give herself a break.

Her final post on October 3 captured scenes of her home on a rainy day as she enjoyed sippping coffee and cosying up in slippers.

Just over a week later, she and her family would be struck by tragedy in the A40 crash that witnesses described as a  “scene from hell”.

The family’s silver Subaru collided with a HGV close to a railway bridge to the west of the city at 9.50pm on Monday.

Thames Valley Police said the victims came from the village of Chinnor in Oxford.

Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, based at Bicester, said: “We are in the very early stages of our investigation into this incredibly tragic incident that has resulted in the deaths of four people from the same family.

“I would appeal to anybody who was driving in the area at the time of the collision and witnessed what happened to please contact 101, or make a report online, quoting reference number 43200321914.

“I would also urge anybody who has dash-cam footage of the incident or either of the vehicles just prior to the incident to please not share this publicly, but contact police with this detail.”

He added: “The thoughts of all of us at Thames Valley Police, along with our partners who have assisted at the scene or at the hospital, are with the families at this incredibly difficult time.”

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