Grieving mother who lost her daughter in a car crash slams Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘arrogant and disgusting’ comments over fatal road smash
- Avril Child’s daughter, Sarah, 26, was killed in a car crash in Birmingham in 2012
- She said the former Top Gear presenter was ‘arrogant’ for his fatal crash remarks
- Clarkson complained police were taking too long to re-open a road after a crash
- Car ‘street race’ smash in Hammersmith, west London, saw man in his 70s killed
A grieving mother whose daughter died in a car crash has slammed Jeremy Clarkson over his comments about a fatal road accident.
Avril Child, whose 26-year-old daughter Sarah was killed in a car crash in 2012 criticised the former Top Gear presenter for his ‘arrogant’ and ‘ignorant’ remarks.
TV presenter Clarkson complained about a road being closed following a horrific three-car ‘street race’ crash which killed a man in his 70s and left his wife in hospital.
The 59-year-old took to social media to ask police why it was taking so long to re-open the road after the crash in Hammersmith, west London, at 1.40am on Friday.
He wrote on Twitter to his 7 million followers the day after the crash: ‘Dear The Police, I know it was a nasty crash in Hammersmith last night but how can it take this long to re-open the road?’
Avril Child with her daughter Sarah who died in a crash in 2012. The driver of the other vehicle involved was jailed for five years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving
Jeremy Clarkson has been slammed for being insensitive following a fatal car crash that saw a man in his 70s killed in Hammersmith, west London
The former Top Gear seemed unrepentant following the criticism of his tweet and followed it by defending his remarks
In response, several police forces invited him on a shift to see how they deal with such emergencies.
But Ms Child said the Who Wants to be a Millionaire host’s ‘disgusting’ comments showed bereaved families were ‘just an inconvenience’.
She told the Mirror: ‘Clarkson thinks that police should just drag the person to the side of the road while they’re dying so that he can get past.
‘His comments show me and other bereaved families that he thinks we’re just an inconvenience.
‘I can only imagine what that poor family who lost someone on Friday felt reading his comments. It’s disgusting.’
Sarah Child and her sister Claire, who was 30 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash on July 28, 2012, were hit by driver Amirul Islam in Birmingham.
Restaurant boss Islam was jailed for four years and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving.
Sarah was killed and Claire was left with leg injuries in the collision, although her unborn child was unhurt.
Avril Child said Clarkson’s comments angered her and showed his ‘ignorance’.
The crash in Hammersmith, west London, killed a man in his 70s and police said it took place after what appeared to be a street race involving nine cars
She said: ‘How would he feel if it was a member of his family? I bet he’d want it thoroughly investigated then.
‘It’s so important that the police do gather evidence, and bring people before the justice system if necessary. It ultimately makes our roads safer.
‘Clarkson thought, ”Oh, it’s an accident, no one’s to blame”. But the majority of road crashes are not ”accidents”. They’re caused by bad, dangerous driving.
‘Reading his comments made me so angry. It shows his ignorance.’
Four days on from the Hammersmith crash, the woman who lost her husband remains in a stable condition in hospital, police said today.
Clarkson also drew a stream of criticism online for his comments, but her seemed unrepentant and hit back defending his remarks.
He wrote: ‘I’m sure it was terrible. But once the injured are sorted, the number one priority is opening the road. Blame is irrelevant.’
Three people have been arrested for dangerous driving with police saying nine vehicles had appeared to be racing before the collision.
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