After the news of the tragic car accident in Cardiff that claimed the lives of three young people, and injured two others, the grieving families are now speaking out about their concerns with the police response to the incident. Sophie Russon, 20, one of the survivors of the crash, was found injured and scared beside her deceased friends for two days following the accident, according to her mother. Anna Certowicz, 42, has criticized the police handling of the case, claiming that they failed to take her daughter’s disappearance seriously when she reported it.
Ms. Certowicz said that she had to drive to Cardiff to knock on doors herself as the police did not seem to think it was worth investigating. She expressed her frustration with the police response and how they treated the case, stating that “it was so frustrating.” She also told the Sun that she had unknowingly driven past the crash site three times while searching for her daughter, but did not see her daughter because she was obscured by trees and a dip.
Ms. Russon suffered a bleed on the brain and reportedly called out for help, but nobody heard her. She was lying there wondering if help would ever arrive, her mother said. Ms. Certowicz believes that her daughter must have thought she was going to die. She had head injuries, so she may not have really known what was going on, or at least Ms. Certowicz hopes that was the case. The family is still grappling with the aftermath of the accident, but their concerns about the police response to the incident have added to their grief.
A friend of the victims, Tamzin Samuels, 20, claimed that it was loved ones and not police who found the car. She told Sky News that the search party found the girls before the police did, and that the police should have done more. “They had all that equipment, and we had cars when we were looking,” she said. The families of the victims have also expressed their concerns about the police response to the case and are calling for a full investigation.
Both South Wales Police (SWP) and neighboring Gwent Police, who were leading the missing persons investigation prior to the discovery of the car, have referred themselves to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) “in line with normal procedure.” An IOPC spokesperson has confirmed that Gwent Police have made a referral in connection with the tragic incident and that they will carry out an assessment in due course to determine what further action may be required from them.
The families of the victims are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones and are calling for answers from the police. They want to know why it took so long to find the car and why Sophie Russon was left injured and scared for two days. The police have not yet responded to these concerns, but it is hoped that the investigation by the IOPC will shed more light on the matter. In the meantime, the families are left to mourn the loss of their loved ones and try to find some peace in the midst of their grief.