Corby man fighting for his life after crash which killed three colleagues

The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident

A Corby father-of-four is fighting for his life after a car crash on the A427 which killed three people.

Nicolae Pintilie is a Romanian national working at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, between Kibworth and Lutterworth in Leicestershire.

Nicolae Pintilie.

Nicolae Pintilie.

He is the only survivor in a silver Peugeot 407 that crashed while taking four people from Corby to work in Bruntingthorpe.

It crashed on the A427 between Dingley and Market Harborough on February 12, killing three people - Ciprian Merla and Gheorghe Sofitchi, both 22, and Tatiana Chiosa, 40.

All four worked at Bruntingthorpe, for a staffing agency called Assured.

Nicolae’s friend and line manager Dumitu Stefanescu said: “Today is going to be the biggest day of Nicolae’s life.

Ciprian (left) and Gheorghe (right).

Ciprian (left) and Gheorghe (right).

“He has scans on his brain and his spine.

“We’re hoping for a miracle and that they come back good.”

Nicolae sends most of his earnings back home to his wife and four children in Romania.

Tatiana, who died in the crash, is a divorced mother of a 14-year-old boy who goes to school in Corby.

He is now being looked after by his aunt and uncle.

The two young men who died – Ciprian and Gheorghe – were best friends from Romania.

All three who died will have funerals in Romania.

Dumitu said: “I hope they are going to be repatriated when the bodies are released this weekend.”

Dumitu said that it was as if accident survivor Nicolae had been in “another crash” to the other three.

He said: “The other three had no marks and died.

“Nicolae is all broken – nobody believed he could be alive – and he survived.”

There is a small Romanian community of about 250 people who work at Bruntingthorpe.

Dumitu added: “Everyone is very shocked.

“We are trying to pull together to help the families, but it’s very disturbing.”

A fundraiser has been sent up on Facebook by friends for crash survivor Nicolae and the three people who died.

The address is here: