Double road deaths horror
PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 August 2010
TWO fatal car crashes on New Year s Day at the same time in the same town left a 17-year-girl and a pregnant woman dead and an eight-year-old girl fighting for her life.
TWO fatal car crashes on New Year's Day at the same time in the same town left a 17-year-girl and a pregnant woman dead and an eight-year-old girl fighting for her life.
Filiz Ozkan, 21, who was eight months pregnant, was killed when the people carrier she was travelling in smashed into a tree in Well Hall Road, Eltham, at 1.40am last Thursday.
At exactly the same time a Ford Fiesta carrying art student Sophia Edwards, 17, of Dean Road, Meopham, crashed into a bus shelter and a wall in Glenesk Road, Eltham, causing her fatal injuries.
Ms Ozkan lived in Catford. She worked at Sainsbury's in Forest Hill. She was a front seat passenger of a Chevrolet Captiva driven by a 31-year-old woman.
An eight-year-old girl in the car is in a critical condition after injuring her lungs, pelvis and wrist.
The driver remains in hospital with injuries to her arm.
The other passengers, an eight-year-old boy, a 28-year-old man, a girl and a woman, whose ages have not been confirmed, remain in hospital in a stable condition.
An inquest at Southwark Crown Court was opened and adjourned on Tuesday after a post mortem revealed Ms Ozkan's death was caused by multiple injuries.
Her younger sister, Fatma Ozkan, 18, from Sydenham, said: "My sister was a lovely woman whose baby was due in 12 days.
"She was the best sister and I loved her so much. She is always alive for me, by my side and in my heart. I know she's in heaven with her baby daughter smiling down on us."
Friend Beata Ozmen said: "She couldn't wait to have this baby. I am sure she would be a great mother but now she is never going have the chance.
"She was very happy, always smiling, having a good word to say for a friend or family. We still can't believe that she is gone and that something so terrible happened to her. We miss her already."
Cousin Canan Ozkan, 23, from Walworth, said: "Filiz was a great cousin and friend. She had a bubbly personality and was full of life. She was a unique young lady."
Meanwhile friends of Miss Edwards, who was in her second year for a First Diploma in Art and Design at North West Kent College, paid tribute to a 'vibrant' and 'beautiful' girl.
A joint statement by staff at North West Kent Colleges read: "She was a friendly, mature and creative girl. She worked extremely hard at college. She had many friends and North West Kent and she will be greatly missed by staff and students alike."
The keen horserider was a member of Joydens Riding Club, in Old Bexley, and had ambitions to go in to the fashion industry.
Stable master at the club, Lynn Purves, said: "She was a keen horse woman, very daring. All of us here are devastated at the loss of such a pretty, vibrant girl."
Friend Lizzie Smith said: "She was a very happy and beautiful girl."
The 21-year-old male driver of the Ford Fiesta is in a stable condition after breaking his collar bone and neck.
An 18-year-old male passenger was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, with minor injuries.
No arrests have been made in connection with both accidents.
Witnesses can call the collision investigation unit at Catford on 020 8285 1574.