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Husband’s anguish over smash verdict

A DISTRAUGHT husband has spoken of his ‘disappointment and anger’ after the paramedic who crashed into his wife Wendy’s car killing her was cleared of causing death by careless driving.

A DISTRAUGHT husband has spoken of his ‘disappointment and anger’ after the paramedic who crashed into his wife Wendy’s car killing her was cleared of causing death by careless driving.

Terry Williams, Wendy’s husband of 37 years, said: “I retired on the same day, December 23, and came home with a bottle of champagne and retirement gifts, when I got a knock on the door from the police.

“Wendy (pictured) was a beautiful, fun-loving, 60-year-old looking forward to her retirement with her family.”

The couple have two daughters, Claire and Lucy and Mr Williams is now calling for a review of how paramedics are trained.

His plea came after Kevin Webster, aged 33, from Burntwood, Staffs, who was responding to a 999 call in his Vauxhall Vectra rapid response vehicle, was acquitted at Stafford Crown Court last week after an eight-day trial following the incident in December 1999 in Lichfield.

The court had heard how Mr Webster, a former army medic who has worked with the ambulance service for six years, hit speeds of 77mph as he travelled from Lichfield to Tamworth.

He collided with Mrs Williams’ Ford Ka on Tamworth Road as she pulled out of Quarry Hills Lane. He told the court he thought she had seen his blue lights.

West Midlands Ambulance Service general manager Richard Topping said Mr Webster would now return to his role.

 

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