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Stroat RTA Fatality 11-Feb-2015

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 11/02/2015

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Stroat RTA Fatality 11-Feb-2015:
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WITH UPDATES

The police would appreciate anyone who saw the accident or who can throw any further light on the incident contacting them via phone calling 101 quoting Incident number 72 of 11-Feb-2015

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NB.:

Updates improve the accuracy of the report as further details become apparent.
I have been asked (at this stage) not to name the unfortunate fatality, nor his home location, by his family, who are apparently pleased to see the state of the car which offers some comfort as it makes it apparent that their relation’s death was likely to have been immediate and without suffering.

 

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Hi,
at shortly after 07.45hrs. this morning 11-Feb-2015
there was a fatal road accident, in Stroat on the A48, near the junction with Rosemary Lane, immediately outside the Stroat mission which is approximately 1/2 a mile from Hanley Farm Shop.
Anyone who saw the accident is requested to contact the blog owner and I will ensure any details are relayed to the police.
Here is the remaining car of 3 involved (according to the police at the scene) at about 13.00hrs.
CAR Fatal RTA 02_11-Feb-2015
The recovery vehicle on the left is in the process of loading a dark coloured vehicle and the vehicle on the right, which would seem to have been literally slammed into on the right side (drivers) and was seemingly hit at speed.
There are signs of foam or some such on the road and pavement but there seems no sign of serious fire in this vehicle, which has lost its front wing and door and most of the bonnet and engine seem seriously damaged.I will provide more information as it comes to hand but our thoughts are with the family left behind by this (these?) fatality.The fatality, or one of is, I gather, from hear say, a 20 year old male travelling from Chepstow.
The road reopened at just before 14.00hrs.
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UPDATE 22.00hrs.
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A 21 year old man who was travelling from Chepstow, who was the driver and sole occupant of a Fiat Punto died in a collision with a BMW with 4 occupants, travelling from Lydney on the A48, in the immediate area of the mission in Stroat.
SUBSEQUENT DETAIL ADDED:
The accident occurred just before 08.00hrs. Wednesday 11-Feb-2015. The occupants of the BMW, which was being driven by Alexander Hardman, well known in Lydney, and his passengers, three children.
The occupants were taken to hospital but none was detained at Lydney Hospital where they were initially treated with consequential injuries. Mr. Hardman and his two youngest children were transfered as emergencies to hospital in Bristol.
We understand that the 9 year old boy in the front seat suffered bruising but no consequential injuries. The car was on route from Lydney to take the 9 year old to school at St. John’s on The Hill, on Castleford Hill, Chepstow.
Police, ambulance, fire service and recovery vehicles attended the accident.The next of kin of the young man fatally injured have been informed.
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The police would appreciate anyone who saw the accident or who can throw any further light on the incident contacting them via phone calling 101 quoting Incident number 72 of 11-Feb-2015.
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FURTHER UPDATE
19:00hrs. 12-Feb-2015
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Initial information yesterday indicated that all four occupants of the BMW, who were of the same family, were not seriously injured.The accident is now believed to have been just after 08:00hrs., though when I heard it I thought it was a couple of minutes earlier.A sad update, that has come to light, is that one of the children in the BMW was subsequently found to have been more seriously injured than was first believed and the 2.1/2 year old is now considered critical; the 25 year old driver of the BMW has also transpired to be more seriously injured though his injuries are not considered life threatening; as with the 3 year old.The fourth family member in the BMW was a 9 year old boy in the front passenger seat who suffered minor injuries, however all three children were still in The Bristol Children’s Hospital earlier today and the driver was in the BRI.We must hope that all four of them survive and make a speedy recovery..

UPDATE
20:00hrs. 18-Feb-2015

Man killed in collision in Stroat named as Oliver Davis

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: February 17, 2015

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An inquest was opened at Gloucestershire Coroners’ Court yesterday.

THE 21-year-old man who died in a crash on the A48 at Stroat on Wednesday has been named as Oliver Jai Davis.

Mr Davis, from Cardiff, died when the Fiat Punto he was driving was in collision with a BMW shortly after 8am.

An inquest was opened at Gloucestershire Coroners’ Court yesterday.

Three occupants of the BMW remain in hospital, including a two-year-old boy, who is in a critical condition with serious injuries, a three-year-old boy who is being monitored, and the 25-year-old male driver.

A nine-year-old boy has now been discharged. The occupants of the BMW are all part of the same family.

 

Police continue to urge any witnesses who haven’t come forward to call 101 and quote incident 72 of 11 February.

I note this report spelt the surname Davis when I am reliably informed it is in fact Davies.
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UPDATE

12:20hrs. 19-Feb-2015

In a letter to parents, David Gaston the headteacher at Dean Academy, where Oliver Davies had recently joined the staff teaching in the maths department, said 21-year-old Mr Davies had established himself as a popular teacher.

Students at Dean academy were able to speak to bereavement counsellors and all pupils who had been in one of Mr Davies’s classes were spoken to directly.

Mr Gaston wrote:

“Although he had only been with us for a few weeks, Oliver had already established himself in the maths faculty and judging by the response of students who he taught, he was a popular young teacher, professional and friendly.”

UPDATE
16:20hrs. 21-Feb-2015

‘You were our star, our sun, our moon, our everything’: Family pays tribute to trainee maths teacher killed in car crash

Oliver Jai Davies, who died on his way to work, was a much loved and idolised big brother, his grieving family said

Trainee maths teacher Oliver "Ollie" Jai Davies, from St Mellons, Cardiff, who died in a car accident on the way to work

Trainee maths teacher Oliver “Ollie” Jai Davies, from St Mellons, Cardiff, who died in a car accident on the way to work

The family of an aspiring young maths teacher from Cardiff, killed in a car collision, have paid tribute to their “adored son and idolised big brother.”

Oliver Jai Davies, 21, who was known to friends as “Ollie” died instantly when the Fiat Punto he was driving collided with another vehicle on his way to work as a trainee secondary school maths teacher.

The Swansea University graduate, who lived in St Mellons with his family, loved maths and was studying for a PGCE to teach the subject, said grieving mother Trudy Davies.

Ollie had been on work placement for just two weeks at Dean Academy in Lydney, Gloucesterhire, when the accident happened on the A48 at Stroat in the Forest of Dean on February 11.

The aspiring teacher, who graduated from Swansea University last year, spent the Christmas term on work placement at Llanwern High School in Newport and loved passing on his passion for maths, said his family.

‘A real zest for life’

“He had settled in extremely well at the school and loved his work. We don’t know how or why he had this tragic accident. He was driving alone and was killed instantly,” his mother said.

“Ollie was someone with a real zest for life. There were never enough hours in the day for him. He had this way of reaching out to people. He would have been a very good teacher.

“We had a very close relationship and shared everything.”

Trudy said Ollie’s younger brothers Harry, 14 and Jack, 11, who idolised him, and her partner Lee Jones, Ollie’s father figure from the age of seven, were all devastated.

‘Our star, our sun, our moon, our everything’

In a tribute the whole family said: “You were our star, our sun, our moon, our everything.

“From first thing in the morning to last thing at night all we wanted to do was love you and hold you tight.”

A member of the 16th company Boys Brigade in St Mellons from the age of seven, Ollie, a former pupil at Bishop Childs Church in Wales Primary and St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, later joined the 21st Boys Brigade in Whitchurch.

As an active member of Ararat Baptist Church in Whitchurch he played defence for the church football team where he was known for his bright orange boots.

Hundreds of people are expected at his funeral, being held at the church on February 26.

‘A celebration of his life’

Friends have been asked not to wear funeral clothes but to wear orange and blue, Ollie’s favourite colours.

“Oliver was everything. He had this way of reaching out to people,” said Trudy.

“We don’t know how or why he had this tragic accident.

“We want his funeral to be an intimate, joyous celebration of his life.

“We are just grateful we had such a close relationship in the time we had.”

An inquest into Oliver’s death was opened and adjourned at Gloucester Coroner’s Court on February 16.

Gloucestershire Police confirmed it is carrying out an on-going investigation into the collision, which happened shortly after 8am on February 11.

Three occupants of the other car involved, a BMW, remain in hospital, including a two-year-old boy, who is in a critical condition with serious injuries, a three-year-old boy who is being monitored, and the 25-year-old male driver.

A nine-year-old boy also in the BMW, has been discharged from hospital. The occupants of the BMW are all part of the same family.

To view the original of this article CLICK HERE

 

May I remind ANY WITNESS:

The police would appreciate anyone who saw the accident or who can throw any further light on the incident contacting them via phone: Call – 101 quoting Incident number 72 of 11-Feb-2015

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CAR Fatal RTA 03_11-Feb-2015Fiat Punto after apparent head on crash with BMW

We note with concern that areas of ‘Social Media’ would seem to indicate that numerous individuals are claiming that both the young drivers were in some way at fault, due to irresponsible driving and speeding –

PLEASE NOTE there is no evidence whatsoever in the public domain that would indicate this to be the case.

Oliver Davies had driven along this road from Cardiff to work in Lydney regularly and the BMW regularly drove his children to school on Castleford Hill. Therefore I condemn the claims which are totally irresponsible, not founded on verifiable facts in the public domain and mindlessly hurtfull to the families and friends of the victims of this sad accident.

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The verdict of the Coroner’s Court will be announced when available and appropriate, together with any apportionment of blame, if made public.

UPDATE SUBSEQUENT TO 04-Sep-2015 – Coroners Court report

No answers after Swansea University graduate’s death in road crash

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 04, 2015

Swansea University graduate Oliver Davis died in the crash near Stroat, Gloucestershire, in February.

The family of a 21-year-old Swansea University graduate are still looking for answers over why he died in a car crash.

Trainee maths teacher Oliver Davis was heading to Dean Academy in Lydney, Gloucestershire, when his Fiat Punto collided with a BMW near Stroat Evangelical Church, between Lydney and Chepstow.

Mr Davis suffered a fractured skull and died almost instantly while three children in the BMW, aged two, three, and nine, were left with ‘significant injuries’.

An inquest ruled there was no significant evidence to conclude what caused Mr Davis to veer on to the other side of the road. His inquest heard there were no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system and there was no evidence to suggest he was using his mobile phone before the collision.

 

BMW driver Alexander Hardman, who suffered a fractured foot and rib in the collision on February 11 this year, said: “He was coming towards me on my side of the road from about 10 or 15 yards away. I can’t remember the original impact.”

The BMW ended up spinning 180 degrees while Mr Davis’ car landed on its side.

Crash investigator PC Malcolm Shute said he could not ascertain the speed Mr Davis was driving but said he “did not look to be in a hurry”.

The court heard from Mr Davis’ GP who said his patient had ‘fainted’ twice last year, which may have been the result of a hypoglycaemic shock – the result of a lack of sugar in a diabetes sufferer’s bloodstream.

But blood tests could not be taken after Mr Davis’ death and coroner Katie Skerrett concluded his death was caused by a road traffic collision.

She told the family: “There’s no clear evidence on why he crossed the carriageway.

“I am afraid I can’t give you the definitive answer you are searching for.

“I can only give you my sincerest condolences for your loss.”

After the inquest, Mr Davis’ mum Trudy thanked everyone involved in her son’s case.

“To say the tragic accident that unfolded destroyed our world and rocked the Hardman family is an understatement,” she said.

“Sadly, the inquest has not reached a conclusion and neither does it bring Oliver back.

“We will not be able to enjoy many things we planned to do with Oliver but are grateful for having him in our lives for nearly 22 years.”

To view the original article CLICK HERE

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EVANGELICAL MISSION CHURCH (formerly The Iron House)

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 11/11/2009

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Stroat Evangelical Church: 120 years at ‘that busy little place’ down the A48

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

STROAT Evangelical Church (formerly Stroat Mission) has been referred to as ’that busy little place down on the A48’, a reference to the many cars often parked at the roadside.

Opened in November 1889 it has held a prominent position in the local community for 120 years, an anniversary which it celebrates this Saturday and Sunday.

The gates and entrance to the church were originally the gates and driveway to Stroat House, the drive snaking across what is now an open field. Coaches were kept in the coach house, now the Powerhouse, a room currently designated for the children’s work, and the current manse was the coachman’s two-roomed cottage. The land was purchased from Stroat House in 1888.

In the 1880s Tidenham House was occupied by a devout Christian family called Morgan. They were evangelical in their outlook and Mrs Morgan took a keen interest

in the spiritual welfare of the people who lived at Woodcroft. Similarly, one of the daughters of the house, Miss Emily Morgan was concerned for the people at Stroat. As the parish churches were some distance away from these locations they were keen to invest their energies and money to help the ordinary people of Stroat and Woodcroft on their road to God. Stroat and Woodcroft missions were to remain linked for many years.

About this time a retired clergyman, Rev. Fielding Palmer, held meetings at the Chase School, and subsequently gave £500 for the building of Chase Church. A lady with

the rather appropriate name of Miss Churchyard donated the land and all the stone to build Chase Church, and her friends and relatives provided the furnishings when the building was complete.

Emily Morgan was keen to make similar provision for the people of Stroat. Wibden fruit farm (just along the A48 on the Chepstow side of Stroat) was to become the original meeting place as Emily Morgan hired a room there on Sunday afternoons especially for mothers with small children.

In 1888 she then provided money for the building of Stroat Mission which then became known as The Iron Room. Regular Sunday services took place at the new mission hall from 3.30pm

-4.30pm to avoid clashing with the services at Tidenham Parish Church. Sankey hymn books were used, some of which remain to this day.

Monday was a very busy day in the schedule when a fortnightly mothers’ meeting was held in the afternoon, and then, during the winter months boys under 18 were encouraged to meet from 6.30 to 7.30 and over eighteens from 7.30 to 9.30. Bagatelle, chess, draughts and other games were provided – Happy Families is reputed to have been a great favourite with the younger boys and keen competition at draughts was enjoyed by the older boys and men. Newspapers were also provided, with sewing and knitting classes for the girls.

Evangelical meetings were held every Thursday at 7.30 during the winter and in very cold weather a soup kitchenwas held every Friday. One lady was re­nowned for carrying the soup home in a large jug carefully balanced on her head. This same lady – a Mrs Palmer – is also reputed to have carried trestle tables in a similar manner from High Hall farm at the same time as carrying a trestle in each hand.

A caretaker, Sarah Croat of Boughspring, walked in all weathers to Stroat several times a week.

A special Christmas supper was held annually for the working men and boys of the district – although no such provision seems to have been made for the girls and women!

Up to 120 men and boys would sit down to a feast.

The menu included:

4 large joints of beef weighing 20 lbs apiece,

Potatoes, greens, parsnips and horseradish sauce;

followed by:

Christmas pudding with custard,

Apple tarts, blancmanges and jellies, washed down with vast amounts of non-alcoholic beverages.

•A spokesman for the church says of the weekend’s celebrations: “We would love to see anyone who has association with Stroat in whatever capacity to join us for our celebration evening on Saturday (November 14) at 6.30 and at our services on Sunday (November 15) at 11am and 6pm.

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