Mother's Day tragedy: Mum-of-two, a hospital nurse, dies in car crash after finishing 12-hour night shift
The woman, Corina Diaconu, had finished work at Yeovil Hospital in Somerset on Mother's Day morning and was heading home to Bournemouth.
A 35-year-old, woman was killed in a car crash just after she had finished her 12-hour night shift as a hospital nurse on Mother's Day. Reports state that the woman, a mother-of-two, may have fallen asleep at the wheel after an exhaustive shift on March 11.
Corina Diaconu had finished work at Yeovil Hospital in Somerset on Mother's Day morning and was heading home to Bournemouth, Dorset, 50 miles away when the incident occurred, according to the Daily Mail.
Reports state that Diaconu's car failed to take a bend and veered right into a vehicle coming from the other direction at 8:30 in the morning. The victim sustained multiple injuries from the impact and was reportedly killed on the spot. Diaconu is now survived by her two children, son (2) and a daughter (14).
According to a police accident investigator, Diaconu is believed to have either fallen asleep while driving or was distracted by a mobile phone which was on her lap, which she was using to navigate her route.
The inquest heard that even though the mother-of-two had an option to take an hour's break, she instead chose to take multiple short breaks during the extensive night shift.
Diaconu was driving her Vauxhall Astra when it collided with a Peugeot Expert people carrier, which had a driver and four other adult passengers onboard. Reports state all the people in the carrier vehicle suffered serious injuries and had to be freed from the vehicle by firefighters. The crash reportedly occurred on the A35 at Bloxworth, near Poole.
Dorset Police Sergeant Craig Tatton, who investigated the crash said that nobody knows what led to the accident "but our working hypothesis is that she either fell asleep or was distracted by the satnav."
A witness of the crash, Dr Christopher Smith, said that he saw when it approached him at speed from behind and appeared to veer within its lane before crashing.
"I went round the bend, but the car behind me went straight on and collided head-on with a vehicle coming the other way," Dr. Smith said while adding that he stopped at the scene, but Diaconu had "no signs of life." Reports state that Diaconu's mobile phone was found in her lap with the satnav still running.
The Smiths reportedly helped the other trapped and injured passengers until emergency services arrived at the scene.
One of the survivors said: "We were all conscious and aware of what was happening. I realized I was trapped from the waist down. It was Mother's Day, and this will stay with me forever, for the lady's family and my own.