Wife’s Road Safety Warning After Security Officer Fatally Injured In Crash
A widow has revealed the ‘unbearable pain’ she has been left to face after her husband was killed on his way to work.
David Marshall, from Enfield, was crossing Greens Lanes in Bowes Park, London to a bus stop around the corner from his flat when he was hit by a car.
Paramedics attended the scene, but they couldn’t save David and he was pronounced dead. He was 57.
Following David’s death, his wife Sin-Ling Lo instructed expert road accident lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate and help provide her with the specialist support she requires to overcome her ordeal.
A police investigation was launched and, at a hearing this week, the driver of the car Mohammed Jamil Ali, 24, from London, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He will be sentenced on 22 January 2021.
Expert Opinion“The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult for Sin-Ling, who has been left devastated after losing David in such a tragic way. Understandably, she is still struggling to come to terms with it all.
Through our work, we come across many people whose lives are destroyed following road accidents which are often avoidable.
While nothing will change what happened to David, Sin-Ling hopes that this case l acts as a warning of the need for drivers to take care on the roads at all times.
We will continue to support Sin-Ling to help her try and come to terms with her husband’s death the best she can.”
Natasha Fairs - Senior Associate Solicitor
Prior to his death on 14 March, 2019, David worked as a security officer for G4S. He left for work at 5.30am, due to start at 7am.
At around 7.30am Sin-Ling received a phone call from David’s manager to say he had not turned up to work. She tried to call David but he didn’t answer. At 10.30am, two police officers knocked at her door. They told her David had been hit by a car as he crossed the road to get to the bus stop around the corner from the flat.
David and Sin-Ling, who is retired, were due to go on holiday to Cyprus a few days after the accident. The couple had been married for 17 years after meeting at a mutual friend’s Christmas party in 1995.
In his spare time, David had enjoyed playing the clarinet with the Bloomsbury Wood Ensemble, taking part in charity events organised by the group. He was also a keen gardener.
After the hearing, Sin-Ling, said: “When the police arrived at my door that day, I instantly knew something terrible had happened.
“I’ve struggled so much since then and have not yet come to terms with the fact that David is no longer here.
“He enjoyed living and had so much more to give. It makes me so sad to think of the years we will miss together. He was taken from me far too soon.”
She added: “While nothing can bring David back to me, I’m grateful that the hearing is now over. All I can hope now is that others will learn from this and put safety first when out on the roads. I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through the unbearable pain I have been through and continue to face because of what happened.”