Lincolnshire

Man speaks of pain over wife’s death in horror crash

A man has spoken of his family’s pain and suffering after his pregnant wife was killed in a dangerous driving crash in Lincolnshire.

The first picture of the young mum who died when two Nottinghamshire men towed an unroadworthy van for 27 miles through Lincolnshire has been released.

As previously reported, two men were jailed for three years and nine months for a crash on the A17 which killed pregnant mother-of-one Aneta Zdeb, 26, from Bradford.

Aneta Zdeb. Photo: Media Lincs

She was killed after the makeshift tow bar fitted to the £300 van snapped causing a “massive collision.”

Her widow, Kamil Zdeb, 28, a company director and lorry driver, spoke on Friday of his family’s suffering after previously telling a court how the couple’s three-year-old daughter had been left without a mother.

(L-R) Andrew Hurns and Lucasz Orywal have been jailed for causing the death of a pregnant mother in a horrific crash on the A17.

Lincoln Crown Court heard stable worker Lukasz Orywal, 32, fled the scene after Mrs Zdeb was killed on the A17 in Lincolnshire.

Orywal, who worked as a groom for a professional eventer, had fitted a “makeshift” tow bar to the van after buying it as a “non runner” for just £300.

He then arranged for convicted burglar Andy Hurns, 28, to take control of the van for 27 miles despite him not having a driving licence.

Eye witnesses described how the Vauxhall Movano van being driven by Hurns could be seen swinging from side to side over the centre white line and bumping in to the back of Orywal’s Chrysler Voyager.

As the two vehicles sped down a hill on the A17 at Leadenham, Lincolnshire, at 55mph the 90cms rigid tow bar, which had been made from a farm jack, snapped sending Orywal’s car spinning at 45 degrees in to the opposite carriageway.

It collided with the VW Passatt car being driven by Mr Zdeb, who was taking his young family from their home in Bradford to visit friends in Spalding.

His wife, Aneta, who was 14 weeks pregnant and sat next to the couple’s three-year-old daughter in the rear of the car, suffered traumatic injuries to her liver and heart from the massive impact.

She died just a few hours later after being admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Mr Zdeb was also knocked unconscious in the crash which occurred at around 8pm on August 25 last year. His daughter was protected by her child car seat and suffered only scratches to her arms and legs.

Both men were imprisoned for three years and nine months earlier this week after a judge heard Mr Zdeb was still too distressed to attend court.

However, on Friday Mr Zdeb said: “There is literally no way of finding comfort from our suffering.

“There isn’t anything that will give back a life to my wife and our children.

“I wouldn’t wish the pain that we have suffered on anyone even the two people convicted at court.

“They have to live with the hardest thing of knowing what they have done.”