Mother-to-be, 29, was killed along with her unborn child after drug driver high on cocaine ploughed into her car at 70mph, inquest hears
- Yasmin O’Donnell, 29, was killed along with her unborn child in horror crash
- Inquest heard a drug-driver who was high on cocaine ploughed into her car
- The hearing was held on her second wedding anniversary with husband Sam
A ‘beautiful’ 29-year-old mother-to-be was killed along with her unborn child after a drug-driver who was high on cocaine ploughed into her car at more than 70mph in a 40mph zone, an inquest has heard.
Yasmin O’Donnell was 12 weeks pregnant when she died after being involved in a horror crash on London Road, in Burwell, Lincolnshire, on July 15 last year.
Her inquest – held on her second wedding anniversary with husband Sam – was told how Yasmin’s car was hit head-on by a speeding vehicle being driven on the wrong side of the road in a 40mph zone.
The male driver, who police have not named, was found to have been double the legal limit for cocaine in his system and later died.
Following the inquest, Yasmin’s husband Sam issued a tribute on behalf of the family and said: ‘Yasmin was a thoroughly wholesome person, inside and out.
Yasmin O’Donnell was 12 weeks pregnant when she died after being involved in a horror crash on London Road, in Burwell, Lincolnshire, on July 15 last year
‘She was so hardworking, sweet and kind. She had a craft room and was very creative. She did weaving, crochet, macramé and if she needed a new dress, she could just make one.
‘Our house is filled with her creations. They are a permanent reminder of her talent, creativity and love, and a source of strength for me.
‘Yasmin was 12 weeks pregnant and we grieve not only for her, but for all that might have been. She would have been a brilliant mother. Knowing she had that experience taken away from her makes it all the more painful for me and for her family.
‘Not only have we lost a wonderful wife / sister / daughter, we have also lost a future child / grandchild. Yasmin never fell out with anyone. She was so laid back and nothing ever bothered her.
‘Before her, I was quite a fiery person. She changed my life. I don’t want to ever let her down. She gave me more than I could ever put into words. We had each other and so we had everything we wanted.
‘Losing her totally spun my life upside down. She didn’t cause the collision. She had no control over what happened to her. The world lost a beautiful person through no fault of her own and it’s heart-breaking.
‘She was just so fundamentally good. We all love and miss her deeply. If I could change places with her, I would do it in a heartbeat.’
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: ‘Had this man not subsequently died, a prosecution for death by dangerous driving would have been pursued.’