Exmouth coach crash victim’s husband: ‘We can never move on’
PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 August 2016
The husband of an Exmouth woman killed on a coach trip has said he and his family will never get over her death.
Richard Luxton spoke after a jury found driver Martin Chun guilty of causing the deaths of his wife Margaret, 59, and Carol Muldoon, 68, and causing serious injury to four others.
Mr Luxton said: “In the future, Mr Chun can rebuild his life and move on. My family and I will never be able to do that. We have to relive that horrific day for the rest of our lives.”
The court previously heard in a statement from John Bearman, the partner of Carol Muldoon, who had been sitting next to her on the trip, that he had suffered daily flashbacks to the image of her injured body on the coach.
He said that, since her death, his life ‘simply won’t ever be the same again’.
Speaking outside Truro Crown Court following the trial, Mr Luxton said: “My wife of 40 years, Margaret Luxton, was a sweet, kind person, who everyone loved. She was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother.
“My family and I take no pleasure in Mr Chun’s conviction. We only ever wanted justice.
“I would like to thank the police for their dedication to this case. It was very difficult and complex. They were also a great support to me all the way through this terrible ordeal.”
In court, the prosecution had read a statement given by Mr Luxton, in which he said the death of his wife had ‘completely destroyed his life’.
In a statement read to the court on behalf of Mr Bearman, describing the events of the crash, he said: “Without any warning, the coach violently rocked to the nearside. The coach hit the nearside hedge. We were hit by glass and the windows came in on us.
“It was immediately clear to me Carol had suffered serious injuries. I spoke to Carol and she was unresponsive.
“My life has changed completely. I have been left feeling very miserable and depressed.”
After the trial, Carol Muldoon’s granddaughter, Leah Gasson, speaking on behalf of her family, said: “A beautiful, crazy, special life was lost because of a moment’s distraction. This sentence brings some closure, of course, but our Nanny still isn’t here, nor ever will be again. We bear no ill will towards Martin Chun, but do ask that people think first before taking that phone call, hands-free or not. If it can wait, it should. If Mr Chun had waited, chances are that Nan would have been alive to meet her great-grandson this week.”
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