The family of a man who tragically died after the car he was in was hit by a concrete block have released an emotional video.
The 60-year-old had gone for a day out picking strawberries with his wife Denise and their grandchildren when the horrific incident took place near Ollerton in Nottinghamshire.
Mr Oscroft was left with a traumatic head injury while the passengers were left unharmed, and the inquest heard the building materials on the lorry had not been properly secured.
The driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, but was later released without charge after police concluded there were no offences against the driver or the haulage company in question.
Now Mr Oscroft’s family are calling for stricter laws on drivers carrying unsecured loads.
His widow Denise, 60, said: “What I’d seen that day and what my grandchildren had seen, it must have been terrible for them. That’s all I keep thinking about – what those kids have seen.
“In my eyes, it wasn’t an accident, it could have been prevented had there been a decent netting on the tipper that passed us.
“It was concrete that fell and that netting couldn’t have stopped anything from falling.”
Following the incident Mr Oscroft’s daughters, Becky Marsh and Kelly Kirby, rushed to the scene.
Recalling the day of the tragedy, Becky, 35, said: “She just said: he’s gone, but it wasn’t mum, it was like she wasn’t there, she was in shock.
“I looked at the car and saw there was a huge hole in it and I just went running shouting dad because I just didn’t believe it was true.
“We’d like to see proper sheeting on all trucks and loads not piled high.
“We want to change the securing methods so it’s a full round sheet tucked in at the sides.”
Kelly, 33, added: “It was like an out of body experience, we couldn’t believe it was happening to us.
“And I still think it’s an out of body experience, I don’t think we’ll ever get used to life without dad.
“There seems to be a lot of grey areas with drivers themselves, they don’t seem sure of the regulations.
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“We’re proof that things can fall off and ruin people’s lives.
“There’s no happy ending for us, we’re never going to get Dad back, but we’d like to think that somebody else wouldn’t have to go through this.”
Denise added: “He was so full of life, just happy all the time.
“Kind, caring, he just loved his family and couldn’t do enough for the grandchildren.”
“We’re just on autopilot.
“We’ve stuck together and focused on the grandchildren because Steve would have said: ‘As long as those kids are alright then you’re alright.’
“We’re taking one day at a time because if you do let yourself think of forever without dad then that’s when it hits you and it gets hard.”
Nottinghamshire Coroner’s Court heard Mr Oscroft died as a result of a road traffic collision after a piece of concrete fell from an uncovered part of a lorry from Paul Wainwright Construction Services, of Hucknall.
Assistant Coroner for Nottinghamshire Gordon Clow said he would be preparing a Preventing Future deaths report and would be requiring Wainwrights to supply evidence that actions are being taken, including improved driver training and working practices.
He said he would also call for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to clarify legislation around securing lorry loads.
Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our enquiries along with the Coroner’s conclusion cements that Mr Oscroft’s death could have been prevented and perhaps that might serve as some comfort to his loved ones.
“The case also stands as a stark reminder to all drivers and companies to ensure their loads are fit for the roads.
“If not for the good of the law, for their own conscience so that they don’t head out one day and end up with blood on their hands.”
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