Foxhall crash: Kate's tragic decision

A GRIEVING mother today told how a last minute change of heart led her tragic daughter to go out on the fateful night which would claim her life.

A GRIEVING mother today told how a last minute change of heart led her tragic daughter to go out on the fateful night which would claim her life.

Heartbroken Dot Richardson said daughter Kate Wasyluk had originally planned to enjoy a meal at her Chelmondiston home last Friday night.

But after a call from childhood friends Emma and Rebecca Harold, the 25-year-old instead attended a soul music night at St Clement's Sports and Social Club in Foxhall Road.

On their way home, Kate, of Irlam Road, and Emma, 26, of Foxhall Road, were killed when they were in collision with a car. Rebecca, 25, was seriously injured in the accident.

Today, Mrs Richardson revealed how she cherishes a text message from Kate, which tells her mum she would be out with friends and would speak soon, the last communication from her beloved daughter.

Mrs Richardson's reply at the time was “have a good night”.

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The trio of pals were returning home from their evening out when they were involved in the collision with a car near to the junction with Dover Road.

Despite the efforts of the paramedics on the scene, Kate and Emma were pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Ipswich Hospital. Rebecca has been in intensive care since but is said to be improving.

Mrs Richardson, 55, has been keeping a diary since the tragedy, which details her innermost thoughts and feelings, and helps her to cope with the hardest thing a parent could face.

She said: “Kate didn't know how beautiful she was.

“She off-loaded everything on me. She did not want to offend anyone and was always so nice. On that Friday night she had been invited over here for dinner but Emma and Beccy had invited her to the soul night.

“She wanted to please everyone. I cannot bear to get rid of that text.”

Mrs Richardson and Kate were particularly close. Mrs Richardson said Kate would often pop around to chat and discuss any problems she had.

Mrs Richardson added: “I deal with it because no one knows how to get me. If something upsets me, I have to step back from it.

“I support the family but I need to write down all my thoughts in a diary. I have always done that because it really helps. I write down little things that remind me of her.

“Kate is still with me now and my energy has to be on her. I can't feel any anger.”

She and the family now have the daunting task of organising funeral arrangements. She said that as long as people respect the family's wishes, anyone was welcome.

Scott Nicholls, 20, of West Villa, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, has been charged in relation to the crash and has been remanded in custody until March 5 when he will appear at Ipswich Crown Court.

A 22-year-old woman from Ipswich, who was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, was bailed to return to Ipswich police station on March 18.

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