Elber Twomey from Meelin has become an inspirational road safety and suicide awareness advocate, with her campaign to improve training for emergency services workers. On the back of her campaign, police in the UK have changed their training protocols for handling ‘high-risk’ motorists.
Ms Twomey was meeting emergency services in Cork today to tell her heartbreaking story and to continue to campaign for better training in Ireland. In 2012, the former primary school teacher lost her 16-month-old son Oisín and unborn daughter Elber Marie while on holiday in Devon after a suicidal motorist drove into their car.
Elber’s husband, Connie, suffered devastating injuries in the crash and died in Cork University Hospital 10 months later.
“There’s not a day goes by that my voice doesn’t break when I talk about them. They will always be the loves of my life. However, the experience has taught me to value time.”
The traumatic ordeal forced Elber to leave her old life as a primary school teacher behind.
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