South East Wales

Crash death dad Terry Jones awarded civil court damages

A father whose daughter died in a road accident in Powys with three other teenagers has won his civil court action against the driver.

Terry Jones has been awarded £25,000 damages by a judge for psychiatric injuries caused following the death of Louise, 16, in November 2006.

She died alongside Danielle Caswell, Katie Roberts and Kayleigh Parry on a mountain road near Ebbw Vale.

Survivor Craig Ramshaw, 22, was convicted of careless driving.

At the time, Mr Ramshaw was 18 and had just passed his driving test.

Mr Jones said he was pleased with the court's ruling.

"It's made people sit up and realise the damage that has been done to me and the other parents," he said.

In June, the hearing at Cardiff Court of Civil Justice was told Mr Jones had "lived a life of hell" since his daughter's death.

The judge, His Honour Judge Seys Llewellyn QC, agreed with psychiatrist Dr David Thomas who gave expert evidence, that Mr Jones was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The judge awarded damages of £25,000, adding that no monetary award could ever compensate Mr Jones for the loss of his daughter.

'Sense of loss'

It is understood Mr Ramshaw's insurers will have to pay the compensation.

During the hearing in June, Mr Jones told the court: "All my wife and myself want to do is to die, words cannot adequately describe our sense of loss."

Mr Jones' case was for personal injury and loss as the "secondary victim" of the tragic crash, which saw all four girls thrown from the car as it swerved at Llangynidr moors.

In court he recalled being stopped twice by a police road block when he learned of the crash.

Image caption Craig Ramshaw was convicted of careless driving

The court was told of the scenes of anguish as the parents were told "bluntly" their daughters had been killed.

They had been waiting for news at the police cordon as the emergency services dealt with the aftermath of the crash.

The hearing was told that Mr Jones has needed psychiatric help since Louise's death.

Mr Jones' solicitor, James MacQuillan, described the case as "unique", adding it has taken over three years to prepare.

"He is satisfied that justice has been done," said Mr MacQuillan.

Solicitors acting for the respondent have 28 days to consider whether to appeal against the judgement.

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