Lives shattered by car crash

WHEN drugged driver Zulfcar Ali drove into Scott Towler and Dean Bloomfield on that fateful day four years ago, it was always clear more than two lives had been destroyed.

WHEN drugged driver Zulfcar Ali drove into Scott Towler and Dean Bloomfield on that fateful day four years ago, it was always clear more than two lives had been destroyed.

The accident shattered their families, and now Dean's father has also died, the victim of a broken heart.

Dennis Bloomfield's life was torn apart when his son died - he lost interest in his hobbies and he was never again the happy father that he had been before the crash.

He had recently started to play darts again, but family fishing trips were never the same after the loss of Dean.

Today's sad news that Mr Bloomfield has collapsed and died provides another sad footnote to the accident that shocked the community back in 2003.

It shows once again the devastating effect a thoughtless act of appalling driving can have on a family.

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What made the situation worse for the Bloomfield and Towler families is the knowledge that what happened to their sons cannot be reasonably described as an accident.

Ali was high on drugs at the time of the crash, which now seems to have been inevitable from the moment he got behind the wheel.

The fact that he is now serving a 10-year sentence for manslaughter shows how seriously the courts regarded this reckless act of motoring madness.

But of course his punishment did nothing to soften the pain felt by the families.

Mr Bloomfield's death has now robbed his family of a loving father as well as a loving son and brother.

The community's hearts will go out to his widow Sharon and his surviving children.

Nothing will ever take away their pain but everyone will be wishing them all the best for the future.

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