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Pregnant newlywed who died in highway collision was ‘lovely inside and outside’, her husband tells inquest



A newlywed who died in a highway collision had a scan confirming a wholesome being pregnant the day earlier than her demise.

rista Rowan (31), a local of Ontario, Canada, however dwelling in Co Sligo, died at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on August 29, 2020.

Talking after an inquest into her demise at Dublin Coroner’s Court docket right now, her devastated husband Eoin Rowan mentioned: “She was a comic, actually gentle hearted and humorous. She was lovely inside and outside.

“She made individuals snug, she was an actual genuine individuals particular person, there was no judgment, she actually made individuals really feel valued.”

The couple had married simply weeks earlier than the deadly crash that claimed Ms Rowan’s life and that of their unborn child.

Ms Rowan was travelling northbound on the M1 on August 19, 2020, to a piece assembly in Newry when the collision occurred.

A lorry driver described how her automotive moved throughout the M1 in entrance of him from the quick lane to the onerous shoulder earlier than mounting a barrier, overturning and colliding with a signpost.

Lorry driver Barry Younger pulled over and returned to the scene and held the girl’s head whereas ready for an ambulance to reach.

“The very last thing I used to be going do was depart her by herself, it was vital to me that somebody was there,” Mr Younger advised the courtroom.

The resumed inquest into Ms Rowan’s demise heard from her husband who mentioned she was wholesome and completely satisfied. They had married simply weeks earlier than having met 4 years earlier once they each lived in Toronto.

The couple lived on three totally different continents collectively earlier than shifting to Eire the place Ms Rowan excelled at her work as a medical gross sales consultant with medical gadget firm Boston Scientific.

Members of the family together with Ms Rowan’s mom Kelly and sister Kaitlyn noticed the inquest from Canada through video hyperlink.

“She was three months pregnant, a scan was finished at Holles Avenue the day earlier than and all was properly,” Mr Rowan advised the inquest.

“She was in good well being, she was completely satisfied and excited. She’d had a full night time’s sleep so tiredness not an element.”

His spouse had a kale and berry smoothie for breakfast and he noticed her to the door of their condominium in Ballsbridge, Dublin, as she left, he mentioned.

Her work assembly was scheduled for midday.

At 11.04am Ms Rowan’s automotive failed to barter a sweeping proper bend at Dunmore, Dundalk, Co Louth, one kilometre earlier than Junction 17.

Sprint digital camera footage of Ms Rowan’s automotive shifting throughout the 2 lanes of the M1 was offered by two totally different lorry drivers to gardaí.

There had been no try made to show the steering wheel to barter a bend and no try and brake. Her seatbelt was engaged, she was not utilizing a cell phone and was not rushing, the courtroom heard. There have been no mechanical faults to the automotive.

Dundalk-based paramedic John Nixon responded and arrived on the scene at 11.24am.

“There was a feminine driver, unresponsive, with shallow breaths indicative of a mind harm,” he mentioned.

Ms Rowan was taken to Our Girl of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. She was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital the place CT mind scans and MRI scans had been carried out, however her prognosis was poor.

She died on August 29 and her kidneys had been donated, saving the lives of two others.

“It’s an acknowledgement of the good present she imparted,” the coroner mentioned of a letter furnished to the inquest from Organ Donation Transplant Eire.

The reason for demise was cerebral trauma resulting from a highway visitors collision and the coroner recorded a story verdict, noting that child Ree Rowan didn’t survive the influence of the deadly collision.

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