‘A lorry driver who crashed into a broken down car on the M25 and killed two women could have avoided a collision if there was a hard shoulder, a court has heard.
Sevim Uston, 49, and Ayse Uston, 68, tragically died after being hit by an articulated lorry on the motorway in 2018.
Late at night on March 19, Murat Uston drove his Audi back from his fiance’s house in Luton with his grandmother, mother and 10-year-old sister.
When he suddenly heard a “thumping” noise coming from the car, he stopped and pulled over between junction 27 and 26 near Waltham Abbey, fearing a tyre had separated from the wheel.
With the absence of a hard shoulder and the barriers preventing him from pulling up on the verge, the car was parked in the left lane with its hazards and lights on to alert other road users.
Murat and the others then climbed over the barrier, standing four metres back from the smart motorway where they thought they were safe.
But in the space of just seconds, an Eddie Stobart lorry ploughed into the back of the silver Audi, smashed through the barriers and hit the family as they stood there helplessly.
The crash claimed the lives of both Sevim and Ayse and also left the young girl with injuries so severe her ‘hip has stopped growing.’
The driver of the lorry, Krzysztof Zarebski, 34, of Gordon Street in Coventry, was charged with two counts of death by careless driving and appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court today for his sentence (Thursday, February 27).’