THE mother of a Wiltshire woman who died in an horrific accident two years ago has spoken about its impact in a new road safety campaign.

Caroline Kirsopp said the crash that tragically killed her pregnant daughter, Anna Kirsopp-Lewis, on December 18 2018 devastated her family and robbed her of a grandchild, Oscar.

Anna, 34, and her unborn child died instantly when Bath publican Ian Barton’s Porsche Caynne ploughed into the back of her Peugeot 2008 car at 130mph on the A36 near Black Dog Hill on the Wiltshire/Somerset border.

She was on her way to her final antenatal appointment at the Beckington Family Practice two weeks before Oscar was due to be born.

Mrs Kirsopp, of Pensilva in Cornwall, said: “Somebody was going to be killed that day; it just happened to be my daughter and my grandson.”

The family’s solicitor, Claire Roantree, a partner with Boyes Turner in Reading, said: “It was beyond dangerous. It was without doubt going to devastate anyone who came into contact with him.”

Dashcam footage from other vehicles showed Mr Barton, landlord of The Wheatsheaf at Combe Hay, streaking past other vehicles, having crossed double white lines to overtake going down Black Dog Hill.

Anna’s death happened as Mrs Kirsopp was celebrating her 60th birthday in a Padstow restaurant with her husband David and close friends.

She only learned that Anna had died when she arrived home later to find Devon and Cornwall Police officers waiting for her to return.

Mrs Kirsopp said: “She died instantly as a result of the speed that he hit her. The overtaking speed was estimated at over 130mph. It was only ever going to end up one way.

“The impact of him hitting Anna from behind just pushed her off the road into a ditch.

“It just concertinaed the back of her car and breaking the seatbelt mechanism so that she was free to catapult through the windscreen.

“She probably didn’t even know that she had been hit and that’s the only thing that gives me some peace.

“The consequence of his speeding was that he killed my daughter and my grandson and there was no reason for him to be speeding at all.

“That’s excessive speed. That’s not a mistake. That isn’t an error of judgement. That isn’t someone suddenly just not realising what they are doing.”

Mrs Roantree added: “Yes, this is an exceptional case in terms of exceptional speeding. But any speed can have a devastating effect and an impact on families.”

Mrs Kirsopp concluded: “Justice for Anna is never going to bring her and Oscar back. Every day remains hard in terms of the space which would have been them.

“We just need to take a little bit more time. There’s reasons why there are speed limits, why there are road markings. They are there to keep the drivers and other road users safe.

“Life is just very, very precious. Oscar didn’t even get to have a life. This wasn’t meant to be.

“If only he hadn’t driven at speed Anna and Oscar would be here and our lives would be totally different.

At the inquest into Mrs Kirsopp-Lewis’s death, Wiltshire’s senior coroner David Ridley, returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

He said Mr Barton had demonstrated “complete indifference” to other road users as he sped along the A36 at up to 134mph before he crashed.

Mr Barton,62, died in Bristol’s Southmead Hospital on December 23 2018 from the severe injuries he received in the crash.

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