Community tribute to ‘delightful family’ involved in fatal road crash

A church-going mother and three of her children killed in a horror crash have been described as “a delightful family”.

Zoe Powell, 29, died alongside her daughters Phoebe, eight, Amelia, four, and six-year-old son Simeon when the family’s Subaru people carrier collided with a heavy goods vehicle on the A40 to the west of Oxford shortly before 10pm on Monday.

Mrs Powell’s 30-year-old husband, Josh, and their infant daughter, who the PA news agency has declined to name, survived the crash but remain in the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Family in car crash tragedy
Family in car crash tragedy

The Rev Dr Jacky Barr, from St Andrew’s Church in Chinnor, where Mrs Powell and her family were regular visitors, said the tragedy was a “loss to us all in the area”.

She told the PA news agency: “They used to come to our church. Zoe and her children would come along to one of our after-school sessions.

“They were just a delightful family.

“The children were always very engaging.

“They were just a lovely family, they really were.

“This has come as such a shock and loss to us all in the area.”

Mrs Powell, who lived in Chinnor but was originally from outside the area, described herself online as a “wife, mama, maker”.

She regularly updated a parenting blog until May 2019 ahead of the arrival of their fourth child.

Outlining the reasons behind her blog, Mrs Powell wrote: “I’m Zoe, and I’m a wife and mama of three little ones. The mama book is a journal and community that was born out of my own need for a space – a physical place to write and focus and reflect on motherhood.

Multiple deaths in Oxford car crash
Multiple deaths in Oxford car crash

“When I created this journal for myself I was feeling overwhelmed by the everyday demands of having three young children.

“One day in the middle of the craziness of having three 3 and unders underfoot I filled a notebook with all the thoughts about mothering that were filling up my head.”

Thames Valley Police said they received multiple calls from members of the public at 9.50pm on Monday following the crash.

The HGV driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the serious collision investigation unit, said officers were in the very early stages of the investigation into what he described as an “incredibly tragic” and “horrendous” incident.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage has been asked to contact police.