Family tribute after inquest into fatal A55 crash

Family photo: North Wales Police

An inquest has heard a young woman died after she was hit by a car during wintry weather on the A55.

Rebecca Oxlade, a shop assistant from Trearddur Bay, was caught up in a collision with the rear of a lorry at Valley in January last year.

The 22 year-old, originally from Bromley, Kent, was standing on a grass verge of the dual carriageway when she was struck by a Vauxhall Corsa, which had lost control while travelling at speed during a heavy sleet shower.

A pathologist told the Caernarfon hearing Miss Oxlade suffered severe multiple injuries from the collision.

On the afternoon of 17th January 2019, she had been driving a Renault Captur, which came to a stop after hitting the rear of an HGV.

Another driver got out of her car after losing control and the pair walked towards a safety barrier. Miss Oxlade continued walking while the other driver turned back to turn her hazard lights.

The driver of the Corsa said he moved to give the cars space but his car spun out of control at 70mph and hit Miss Oxlade. No police action was taken against the driver.

Returning a conclusion that Miss Oxlade died as a result of a road traffic collision, assistant coroner Kate Sutherland said she could not rule that the speed of the Corsa was the cause of the accident.

In a statement issued via police after the inquest on Tuesday, Miss Oxlade’s family paid an extended tribute: ”Our daughter Becca was a wonderful young lady who genuinely lit up a room when she entered it. Becca had been living a happy life in Wales with her girlfriend, with whom she was about to buy her first house.”

”She had been working at Snowdon, a place that she had fallen in love with, and loved to climb to the top and watch the world go by. Now only a memorial bench sits on the platform, to help keep her memory there alive.”

”Becca was beautiful, inside and out. She was beautiful for the way she lit up when she talked about something she loved, for the way she thought about the world and people in it. She was beautiful for the way she could make you feel special and see your own worth, even when she was struggling. She was beautiful deep down to her soul.”

”Becca was not perfect, but she was perfectly her, flaws and all. She was a caring, intelligent, warm-hearted person with the silliest sense of humour and banter that we miss every day. The love that surrounded her, that we have only truly realised since her death, is testament to the person she had become.”

”Becca was cruelly taken from us in a road traffic collision in January last year at just 22 years old, with her whole life ahead of her. On January 17th, we lost our world, and we have continued to lose her in all the moments since. We have lost seeing her grow, seeing her get engaged, get married. We have lost the chance to see all the good she would have continued to bring to this world, and the world is certainly a lot dimmer without her in it.”

”Here we are, over a year since she was taken and it continues to be excruciatingly painful, and her absence has left a huge void in our lives. The impact on us, her extended family, and on her girlfriend is immeasurable and unending. We know that in her brief time, Becca definitely left her mark on the world, and on so many people in it. To know our girl is loved by so many makes us so proud to have known her, raised her, and been loved by her.”

”Our love for Becca will never dim, just like she never did…she brightened the darkest of days, and continues to shine on. We know that Becca died, but before that, for 22 years, she lived, and for all that time she was loved. She was, hands down, the most important thing in our lives, and always will be.”

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