It was a shocking experience for a grieving family and helpless mourners, participating in a funeral procession in Sarn, South Wales, to take the deceased grandmother, Elizabeth Morris, on her last journey. Morris had made her own final plans two years earlier. It was her intention to remove stress and strain on her family when the cancer she was fighting ultimately took her life. A family spokesman said the funeral that meant so much to Morris and had lovingly been intended as a celebration of her life became marred by the awful images forced on traumatized relatives and friends. The story, though blended with sad circumstances, has captivated the media for a couple of days.
The bereaved family were pleased with the hearse and beautiful Friesian stallion. It was exactly how Morris had envisioned her funeral and her family was happy to complete her wishes. The spokesman said, “We had worked so hard to give her the best send-off possible and then this happened.”
The incident was caused by one impatient driver who attempted to pass the procession. That single, foolish act injured carriage driver Mark Evans, took the life of a valuable horse and damaged the involved vehicles and left a mourning family even more despondent.
Granddaughter Kirsty Thomas saw the accident firsthand. She said that a black Renault Megane was flying down the [30 mph] road. The car impacted the side of the carriage and threw the big stallion into the air and into the middle of the road. The horse called Wil was injured so severely that he had to be put down. Evans was also thrown out of the carriage, much like a rag doll, miraculously only sustaining light injuries. Thomas added:
We absolutely worshipped my grandmother. She planned this funeral herself two years ago and up until this point it was beautiful. Seeing this felt as bad as the day she actually passed away. This was the last thing she wanted and it just turned into total chaos. This was supposed to be our last memory of her and it was just devastating how it turned out.
Mark Evans Horse Drawn Carriage Master provided the driver, hearse and horse killed in the incident. The death of Wil is devastating to the small company. Wil was exceptionally well trained and was half of the team of Friesians. The horse was an invaluable asset.
Co-op Funeralcare had arranged the funeral service. Jack Walsh, the senior manager, stated that Funeralcare will continue to work with police as needed and support the family.
South Wales Police have started an investigation into the crash but, as yet, no arrests have been made.