Lorry driver killed Isla Wiggin when he ploughed into car
Three-year-old Isla Wiggin died in the crash while her mother, Collette Wiggin, lost her unborn baby son
A mother, whose two children were killed after a one-armed lorry driver ploughed into their car, has described the moment her 'perfect life was ripped away'.
Dashcam footage from a lorry travelling behind Thomas Hunter's vehicle showed the trucker, who uses a hook in place of his left hand, did not slow down before the crash on the A34 in Oxfordshire.
Three-year-old Isla Wiggin died in the crash while her mother, Collette Wiggin, lost her unborn baby son after she suffered a broken neck.
Isla had wanted to call her unborn brother Harry, her family revealed, and said she would have been an 'amazing big sister'.
She was in a Vauxhall Mokka which was queued in traffic with her mother, Collette, on August 27, 2016, when the horror crash happened.
The mother read a statement to Oxford Crown Court about the horrific impact of the death of her ‘special little girl’ and the trauma of having to give birth.
‘Even at the age of three she was my best friend – we did everything together,’ she said. ‘My perfect life was ripped away from me due to a thoughtless act from another. I remember saying to Isla, “oh dear, that lorry’s going a bit fast”. I can’t remember anything after that.
‘It should have been me that sat by Isla’s bedside when I was in intensive care. I couldn’t because I was stuck in my hospital bed and my husband was thousands of miles away and couldn’t help.
‘On August 27, we had to make the most agonising decision to turn off the life support of our beautiful daughter. On August 31, I delivered our son who had also died as a result of the accident.’
Ms Wiggin described Isla as 'as perfect a daughter you could ever wish for'.
The family, from Fleet, Hampshire, said: 'Beautiful and witty, yet cheeky and mischievous, she was a character that you couldn't help but love with all your heart.
'Isla put her heart and soul into everything and all of her friends were 'best friends' who she adored.
'She and her mummy were like two peas in a pod who did everything together, she even loved to help out around the house.
'Her loving and caring nature would have made her an amazing big sister and she was so excited at the prospect.
'Although adamant that the baby was a girl, Isla said she'd like to call the baby Harry if it was a boy, so it seemed only right to do so.
One-armed lorry driver Thomas Hunter (left) caused the death of three-year-old Isla Wiggin (right) and made her mother suffer a miscarriage when he ploughed in to the back of their car
A statement from her mother, a chartered accountant, and RAF helicopter pilot father Hayden (pictured with his daughter), described Isla as 'as perfect a daughter you could ever wish for'
The family, from Fleet, Hampshire, said: 'Beautiful and witty, yet cheeky and mischievous, she was a character that you couldn't help but love with all your heart
The court heard Hunter did not notice traffic slowing down on the busy dual carriageway, was travelling at 54mph and only tried to brake a second before running into the line of cars
'We were extremely proud to find out that we were going to have a son, who would have completed our family.
'He had big hands and strong arms and no doubt would've grown into a strapping young man who would have loved and protected Isla.
'We are so sorry that we didn't get the chance to meet him properly and get to know him.
A judge jailed Hunter for six years for causing the death of Isla by dangerous driving
'We are very grateful for all of the love and support we have received over the last week.
'Although nothing can ever make up for the heartache that we feel, it is comforting to know that our beautiful children never witnessed any evil in the world.
'Not a day will go by where we won't think of them and all the happy memories that we have shared.'
Isla died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Doctors concluded she had died as a result of hypoxia brain injury due to multiple injuries.
Today a judge jailed Hunter for six years for causing the death of three-year-old Isla by dangerous driving.
The court heard Hunter did not notice traffic slowing down on the busy dual carriageway, was travelling at 54mph and only tried to brake a second before running into the line of cars.
An inquest held in September last year heard Isla died as a result of serious brain injuries, sustained in the crash.
Isla's condition deteriorated after she was taken to hospital, and the swelling on her brain got worse.
Dash cam footage from a lorry travelling behind Thomas Hunter's vehicle showed the trucker, who uses a hook in place of his left hand, did not slow down before the crash on the A34
At 10.45pm that night, Dr Weitz, a doctor at the John Radcliffe Hospital, certified that she had died, and Isla was identified by her parents.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: 'On Thursday, August 25 2016, Hunter was driving a heavy goods vehicle on the northbound carriageway of the A34 at Hinksey Hill, Oxford.
'His vehicle collided with seven cars and as a result, Isla Wiggin, aged three, and her mother, Collette Wiggin, aged 31, were seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment. Sadly, Isla died in hospital on Saturday August 27.
'Mrs Wiggin was pregnant at the time of the collision and as a result of the incident, sadly lost her unborn baby, which the family had named Harry.'
Isla died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. At 10.45pm that night, Dr Weitz, a doctor at the John Radcliffe Hospital, certified that she had died, and she was identified by her parents
Sergeant Beth Walton, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: 'This has been a tragic case in which the actions of one person - Thomas Hunter - have resulted in the deaths of a little girl and her unborn baby brother, and serious injuries being sustained by their mother, Collette Wiggin.
'For reasons we have not been able to fully ascertain, Thomas Hunter was driving his lorry in a dangerous manner, and his actions that day have devastated a family, which will never be the same again.
'If Hunter had taken care over his driving, and had been paying full attention to the road, Isla would be here today, along with baby Harry.
'I would also like to pay tribute to Isla and Harry's parents, Mr and Mrs Wiggin.
'They have been through something which no parents should ever have to endure, and I cannot begin to imagine the pain that this incident has caused them.'
Why was he ever at the wheel?
Killer lorry driver Thomas Hunter lost his left arm in an industrial accident and uses a hook in place of his left hand.
The law requires drivers to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if they have undergone an amputation.
However, this does not necessarily mean they will be deemed unfit to drive.
The DVLA will assess whether they are fit to drive, and may ask them to undergo a medical examination or a driving assessment.
Depending on the driver’s ability, the DVLA can either grant a full or temporary licence, or issue a licence for automatic vehicles or one with adapted controls.
In extreme cases, the agency can refuse a licence altogether.
Failure to notify the DVLA of any medical conditions that could affect your ability to drive can result in a £1,000 fine.