Grieving parents say daughter and 3 grandkids killed in car crash ‘now safe with God’

The grieving parents of a mum-of-four killed alongside three of her children in a devastating crash say their loss has left a “huge hole” in their lives.

But they were assured the four of them were now ‘safe with God’.

Zoe Powell, 29, died alongside her three children Phoebe, eight, Amelia, four, and Simeon, six, shortly before 10pm on Monday October 12.

Widower Josh Powell survived the crash along with the couple’s baby daughter Penelope.

Zoe’s parents have released a moving tribute to their daughter through the Thames Valley Police this afternoon: “We believe and trust that they are now safe with God. She was so certain that the sacrifice of Jesus and his grace to us gives us eternal life.

“While we are deeply grieving for her life on earth cut short, we do have hope.

“Zoe Rose Powell was a much loved member of our family, daughter, sister and more.

“She did so much in her short life, became a Christian and married Josh at 18.

“While earning a 2:1 at Sheffield University she also had Phoebe and Simeon.

“After graduation, Zoe and Josh made a home in Chinnor, where Zoe then had Amelia and Penelope.

“While being a wonderful mother, she carried on her writing and artistic ways, in painting, blogging and running a craft business, always beautifying the world around her.

“As well as this she was always fully committed to her local church.

“We had the joy of weekly visits to see Zoe and the children, collecting them from St Andrew’s school, visiting the coffee/bookshop and park.

“The loss of Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia has left a huge hole in our life.

“They were all so full of life and fun. We will deeply miss seeing them grow and develop. We are praying for the full recovery of Josh and little Penelope.”

Zoe was driving the car when it collided with a heavy goods vehicle near Oxford, crash investigators said.

Thames Valley Police last week said their investigation into the crash was ongoing, and post-mortem examinations were being carried out.

The driver of the HGV was co-operating fully with officers’ investigation and provided a witness statement to police.

No arrests haver been made.

Witnesses to the aftermath of the collision described terrible scenes – saying the family’s Subaru had been “crumpled”.

Just months before the catastrophic car crash, the Powell family, who had moved from Sheffield to Chinnor in 2014, had “lost everything” in an electrical fire at their home.

The fire happened in June and one neighbour said the Powell family had been living in temporary accommodation ever since.

Zoe was a mummy blogger who also produced her own journals for parents.

She wrote about parenting tips, and offered advice to new mums and dads.

The popular family were churchgoing, and Zoe had often written in her blog about how faith guided her family life.