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Passengers death leads to trial

Car after crash
14th May 2014
Motor accident compensation is being pursued by the father of a teenage girl who died in a tragic accident in the Brecon Beacons.

The man's daughter is just one of four young girls who were due to take their GCSE's that died in a tragic crash in Llangynidr, south Wales.

The Ebbw Vale teenagers were passengers in a car driven by 22 year-old Craig Ramshaw who has since been convicted of dangerous driving for his part in the 2006 crash.

Local newspaper the South Wales Argus reports that the four girls sadly died in the accident that took place in frosty conditions on the mountain road between Garnlydan and Ebbw Vale in November that year.

Mr Ramshaw was aged 18 at the time and had not long since passed his test when driving his Vauxhall Corsa near the region's national park.

At the time of the accident it was said none of the back seat passengers were wearing a seat belt, while the surviving males in the front seats had been.

The 61 year-old father is said to be claiming damages for an unspecified amount regarding personal injury and loss.

This will take the form of a secondary victim of the road traffic accident against driver Craig Ramshaw.

The plaintiff was at the Cardiff Civil Justice Centre yesterday for the start of the trial, which is expected to last another three days.

It's been reported the man is claiming general damages for psychiatric injury suffered in the immediate aftermath of the accident.

And the South Wales Argus reports that Judge Anthony Seys Llewellyn, QC, was shown photographs of the crash scene yesterday, including the car’s skid marks.

The tragic event is confirmed as having only involved one car, and that the wintry and mountainous conditions both could have played a part in the fatal event.

The four friends had been at the home of the plaintiff and his wife that evening – when her parents had left to go out for a walk at about 8.45pm.

A DVD which the claimant made of the journey from his Ebbw Vale home to the scene of the crash was also shown as part of his bid for motor accident compensation.

Mr Jones provided the commentary on the DVD, pointing out where the police cordon lay and where he and the other parents had been told to wait on the night of the crash. It also showed the memorials to the girls in the places where their bodies had been found.

Reported by Fiona Campbell