Please make sure that your car is safe, pleads mother of little angels

Lorraine Mason outside Chequer House, Kings Lynn. Credit: PA Lorraine Mason outside Chequer House, Kings Lynn. Credit: PA

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
8:52 AM

A mother wept as she begged drivers to make sure their cars are safe, after an inquest heard the Ford Focus which overturned, killing her two young daughters, had faulty tyres.

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Parents’ tribute

In a statement issued via the police after the crash, the girls’ parents said they had lost their “little angels”.

They said: “Tamzin was a comical little girl. She was always happy and saw the funny side of things. She was a good student and helped out at school. She loved helping people.

“Tamzin loved to sing with her friends and would write her own lyrics. She loved to socialise and was a fun person to be around. Her latest craze was Moshi Monsters and Doctor Who.”

Paying tribute to Jessica, they said: “Jessica was a lively girl who loved to dance and eat chocolate. She loved to wear make-up and going out. Jessica was also very comical and had bags of energy.

“She would bring alive any room she was in. Both Jessica and Tamzin loved music, singing and their pet dogs.”

Lorraine Mason, of Nenelands, Sutton Bridge, spoke after hearing how her daughters, Tamzin Portor, 10 and Jessica, 7, were tragically killed two days after Christmas Day in 2012.

The girls died after their father’s partner’s car veered off the A47 at Walsoken, near Wisbech at around 6.40pm on December 27.

Mrs Mason, who attended the court with her husband Daniel, said: “I have lost two thirds of my life, they were my world. This should never have happened.

“If people can take a 
valuable lesson from this, that is to check your vehicles. Physically check tyres and if it’s not safe, don’t drive it.”

Tamzin Portor, 10, who also died in the crash.Tamzin Portor, 10, who also died in the crash.

She added: “I would never want anyone to go through what we have gone through.”

The inquest heard that on the evening of the crash, the girls’ father, Allan Portor, picked them and their brother Liam, 12, up.

He took them to his partner Marie Easter’s house in Terrington St Clement to get ready for a trip to the cinema in Peterborough.

Ms Easter drove her Ford Focus with Mr Portor on the passenger side and the three children in the back.

Jessica Portor, aged seven, who died when the Ford Focus she was travelling in veered off the A47 and overturned in December 2012.Jessica Portor, aged seven, who died when the Ford Focus she was travelling in veered off the A47 and overturned in December 2012.

Her daughter Victoria Brookes drove behind in her Vauxhall Corsa with her boyfriend Tristan Wilson.

She told the court that the car had been to the garage on December 19, 2012, and was told her car was safe to drive.

While driving on the A47, Ms Easter told the court she saw a red BMW car on her side of the road.

She said: “I said to Allan, what is that car doing on my side? I swerved to avoid it to the left as I expected him to hit us which put me in a snake and I lost control.”

Mr Portor told the court that he had not seen the oncoming car as he was on his mobile phone and looking downwards.

Miss Brookes, who was driving about two cars’ length behind, said that she saw a car coming towards her mother on the wrong side of the road and then saw her car dramatically swerve.

The court heard Nathan Tiley, an engineer at RAF Marham, was one of the first on the scene.

After finding that Ms Easter and Mr Porter had managed to climb out of the car that had turned over, Mr Tiley went into the car to get the children out.

Sgt Andy Wood said that one of the front tyres had a slow puncture and the rear tyres were under the legal thread limit which were contributory factors.

Recording a narrative conclusion, coroner Jacqueline Lake said both girls suffered multiple injuries consistent with a road traffic collision.

She added that Jessica was not wearing a seatbelt.

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