Hereford & Worcester

Compensation claim for boy orphaned in timber fall deaths

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Media captionClaire Sessarego, the aunt of a toddler whose parents were killed last year, explained why the family were seeking compensation

Relatives caring for a toddler whose parents were killed by timber falling off a lorry say they will take civil action to get compensation.

Tom Matts and Terri-Ann Barnett had just dropped their baby son off at nursery when the lorry hit a bridge in Hereford on 7 February 2011.

Morgan Matts, now two, is being cared for by his grandmother and aunt.

Morgan's aunt Claire Sessarego said they wanted compensation for the "years of love and support" he would lose.

The driver of the lorry, Graham Morgan, 49, admitted two counts of causing death by careless driving at Worcester Crown Court last year.

He was sentenced to 12 months in jail and was released after serving half his sentence.

Image caption Terri-Ann Barnett and Tom Matts had just taken their son to nursery when the timber fell on to them

The couple were both fatally hurt when the load of timber fell on to them.

Mr Matts, 29, died at the scene and Ms Barnett, 24, died in hospital later in the evening.

Both had been walking along the road when the accident happened.

The family hope to get compensation from the haulage company's insurers.

The haulage company Gammond Transport Ltd declined to comment.

Miss Sessarego said: "If Morgan does receive some compensation it will be used to send him to a private school so he can then go to university and something good can come out of something bad."

Grandmother Diane Miller said the family made a point of keeping his parent's memory alive by showing Morgan photographs of them and talking about "daddy Tom and mummy Terri".

"He asks when mummy Terri will be coming home - it's a bit confusing at the moment but obviously we're going to have to tell him at some point that mummy Terri and Daddy Tom won't be coming home," she said.

She said she was now considering moving from the area because she did not want Morgan growing up near the man who took his parents' lives.

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