A young dad whose fiancée was killed in a motorway smash has spoken for the first time about the loss of his ‘soulmate.’
Izabela Agachi, 25, was a passenger in a minibus driven by her boss when he stopped in the inside lane of the M40 – and a lorry ploughed into the back.
The driver, Eduardo Bastos, claimed he had no memory of what happened, but was found guilty of causing her death by dangerous driving and jailed for nine months following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.
The driver of the lorry was acquitted of careless driving over his part in the crash.
Izabela’s partner, George Badragan, says he has struggled to cope since her death, but is determined to turn things around for the sake of Diana, their little girl.
George, 31, was asleep at the family’s home in Leamington Spa when police called to inform him of the incident, between Henley-in-Arden and Longbridge, in the early hours of June 29, 2012.
He said he had tried to call ‘Iz’ – who was working as a cleaner – the previous evening, but got no reply and went to bed, assuming she was still working and was somewhere without a signal or had just not heard her phone.
George said: “On opening the door and seeing two policemen standing there, I knew instantly there was something wrong.
“I just couldn’t believe that it was happening and I started to hope that I was still asleep and it was all just a very vivid nightmare.
“I even went to where it happened to try and make sense of it in my head.
“No one expects for someone to stop on the first lane of the motorway at any given time of day, even less just after midnight.”
George, who was a taxi driver studying engineering at the time of Izabela’s death, says he is now focused on the future and looking after Diana. The three-year-old is currently with grandparents in the couple’s native Romania until he can afford to support her financially in the UK.
He added: “Iz’s death didn’t just rob Diana of her mother, but also a father at the beginning of her life.
“I didn’t see Diana until the Christmas. I then went back to Romania for three months in the summer of 2013 and being with our daughter gave me the strength to come back to England and start everything anew.
“I hope that Diana will be able to join me soon.
“Iz was my soulmate. She saw the good in everybody and was loved by everybody who met her.
“If there’s a lesson from all this it’s that we should enjoy life and our loved ones as much as we can, as we never know when they’ll be taken from us.”
Slater and Gordon's Serious Injury Lawyer said: “This is an incredibly sad case which has ripped a young couple apart and left a little girl to grow up without her mum.
“While struggling with his own grief, George is determined to look after Diana and provide a secure future for them both.”