Wall of silence over fatal crash

Joanna Smith
Joanna Smith

A widower is calling for someone to break the wall of silence stopping police find those responsible for the crash which killed his wife.

John Smith has been told the heartbreaking news that there is not enough evidence to prove who slashed the car tyres which caused the accident which led to the death of his wife Joanna.

He was told the news on the eve of the second anniversary of her death.

Joanna, 32, died in the accident on the A45 near Earls Barton on the morning of April 10, 2012.

Her tyres had been deliberately damaged near her Northampton home before she set off on her usual journey to work in Irchester.

Three other vehicles has also been attacked.

Police said the damaged tyres failed and caused the crash, but without more evidence those to blame for her manslaughter may never be brought to justice.

Husband John, a former Northants Telegraph sports reporter, said: “After two years, the hope of finding those responsible was fading, but you never say never.

“To hear the news was disappointing and it came at a difficult time, but I think the police have done all they can.

“It’s going to come down to someone saying something. Someone knows who did this, who is responsible, but they are fearful of reprisals.

“I don’t think they realise what they have done to me and the family.”

After two years of numerous police appeals and extensive investigations, officers have told John that while the tyres were damaged deliberately, they cannot say with which weapon or by whom.

It is believed Joanna’s car was randomly targeted, but John fears a wall of silence has gone up so anyone who knows about what happened is staying tight-lipped for fear of retribution or being implicated in the crime.

John said: “Why anyone would do anything like this is beyond me, but it has massively spiralled out of control and now they are scared of being caught up in it.

“But, as a friend said to me, gangs disband and people fall out, so it may come out in a couple of years.

“Just to know that someone has been found responsible for it would be some sort of closure.”

After Joanna’s death, John moved to Loughborough because he couldn’t bear to continue living in their flat in Northampton.

He said family and friends have been terrific in supporting him through his loss, but what he and Joanna’s family in Poland really want to know is what happened the night before her death and for action to be brought against those responsible.

Pleading with anyone who knows anything about what happened that night, John said: “Please come forward and please say something if you know anything because there are grieving parents and a twin sister in another country who just want this to be over.”

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 101 or information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.