Mother swerved by mistake in crash that killed four of family

A mother killed in a car crash with three of her children did not deliberately swerve the vehicle into the path of a lorry, a coroner ruled yesterday, despite evidence that she had been arguing with her husband.

Zoe Powell, 29, a mother of four, died with her daughter Phoebe, eight, when their people carrier collided with the lorry in October. Simeon, six, and Amelia, four, died later in hospital.

Their father Josh survived along with Penny, six months old, who was thrown from the vehicle because her infant’s seat was not strapped in properly.

The family were returning home to Chinnor, in south Oxfordshire, when they crashed at 9.53pm on the A40 at Wolvercote, north Oxford.

The couple had collected their children from Worcester,