A car crash killed a 21-year-old woman from Cardiff, Wales, almost eight years after another crash killed her sister.
Eve Smith was one of three people who died in what Gwent Police said Monday is likely the result of a car accident.
The Independent says that Smith, Darcy Ross, and Rafel Jeanne, all 21 years old, were in the wreckage of the plane crash for about 46 hours before they were found.
Sophie Russon, 20, and Shane Loughlin, 32, were with them. Police said in a statement that Russon and Loughlin were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
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At the time they went missing, Smith’s sister Lauren Doyle wrote on Facebook that none of them had gotten in touch with friends or family, which was “very unusual.” She wrote –
“We are all worried sick and thinking the worst.”
While the cause of the tragedy is still being looked into, Doyle said in an update that her family is taking time “to digest this terrible news.” Eight years ago, her family took part in a TV documentary called “This Is Our Family.”
They let cameras into their home and talked openly about the death of their other family member, 19-year-old Xana Doyle, who was killed by a drunk driver when she was a passenger in a car driven by a 23-year-old.
South Wales Argus says that Sakhawat Ali was also high on drugs at the time, which is why he got eight years and three months in prison.
His cousin, Shabaz Ali, who is 21 years old, pleaded guilty to one count of “aggravated allowing to be carried involving a fatal accident.”
After Xana died, the documentary followed the family for three years. The sisters’ mother, Emma, told Wales Online that it was “very tough” to let cameras into their home.
She told the outlet in 2020 –
“I try to keep my emotions under control and not put them on anyone else; just laying them bare for everyone to see was quite difficult. But it’s important for people to know that you can keep living your life.”
“Sometimes you need to see that someone is going through the same thing as you, to be able to cope with what you’re going through.”
“Hopefully, that’ll help people.”
The Scottish Sun said that at the time of Xana’s death, Ali had been drinking twice as much as he should have and that his cousin had grabbed the handbrake “as a joke” right before their car flipped over, causing Xana to die instantly from her head injuries.