Crash tragedy ‘could have been avoided’

Dated: 11/08/2010'FATAL A1 CRASH ' FAMILY PHOTOS&'Ian Richardson, 37, with wife Joanne and eldest daughter Mya (front), who were both killed in a collision on the A1 at Gosforth, Newcastle on Sunday (8th August), on their way home from a weekend in Dundee.'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
Dated: 11/08/2010'FATAL A1 CRASH ' FAMILY PHOTOS&'Ian Richardson, 37, with wife Joanne and eldest daughter Mya (front), who were both killed in a collision on the A1 at Gosforth, Newcastle on Sunday (8th August), on their way home from a weekend in Dundee.'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

A MOTORWAY tragedy that devastated the lives of a Hartlepool family after claiming the life of a mum and young daughter was caused by a driver who had ‘lost his bearings’ because of medical problems.

Hartlepool businessman Ian Richardson, 38, lost his wife Joanne and daughter Mya in the tragedy in which their family car was struck by another car travelling the worng way on a motorway slip-road.

He and baby daughter Ava - just 12 weeks at the time survived the smash - and he now devotes his life to bringing her up.

He said: “The tragedy that comes out of this, is that it could have been prevented. Three lives possibly could have been saved, including his own.”

Joanne, 40, and six-year-old daughter Mya, who died when their family car was hit by another vehicle being driven the wrong way on the A1.

An inquest in Newcastle ruled that the tragedy was an accident.