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Distraught family need to raise money to repatriate daughter's body

2015-05-16 18:17:32

Fiona ReidFiona Reid from Aston, who has died in a car crash in Jamaica

A Birmingham mum of two has been killed in a horrific fireball after a road smash while on holiday in Jamaica.

Fiona Reid, 32, from Aston died on the Caribbean island when the car she was travelling in hit a truck head on.

Devastated dad Kevin spoke of his daughter who he described as a ‘devoted parent’, but revealed that because she had no holiday insurance he faces crippling costs to bring her body back to Birmingham.

Mr Reid wants to give friends and family the chance to pay their last respects to his daughter Fiona, who was killed in the collision on Monday.

Police in Jamaica say the 31-year-old was a passenger in a Toyota Yaris when the driver lost control and collided with a Nissan Navara truck.

Fiona ReidFiona Reid had no travel insurance

Fiona, from Aston, was taken to hospital where she died while being treated.

Mr Reid described his daughter as a “sensible” and popular member of the community who was devoted to her son and daughter.

He said: “We haven’t been able to trace any insurance documents so we are holding a fundraiser to bring her home and give her more than just a basic funeral.

“With the repatriation, burial costs, funeral directors and the transfers we are looking at about £15,000. There are also hidden charges that haven’t been revealed to me and I may have to pay for the autopsy in Jamaica. If it was insurance I would just have called them and they would have taken over but I’ve had to do it all myself.

“It’s a lot to take in all at once and I haven’t had five minutes to myself to come to terms with what happened. It sounds like a lot of money but if I had it I wouldn’t be asking anyone for anything. I just want to bring my daughter home.”

Mr Reid, 52, and his partner have helped organise a memorial at the Emerald Club in Small Heath on Sunday where people can make donations.

He has been comforted by tributes to his daughter, who had attended the former Perry Common Comprehensive School and worked at a doctor’s surgery in Handsworth.

Mr Reid said: “We have had all her friends from school come forward and people she worked with and family on both sides. There’s been nothing negative and it’s comforting to see so many messages of support out there on Facebook and so forth.

“The Emerald have also donated their services for free which we’re very thankful for.

Fiona ReidFiona Reid from Aston, who has died in a car crash in Jamaica

“Fiona was very sensible, she was a devoted parent which is why I can’t believe she went without travel insurance. I’m hoping it will turn up but so far it’s been a negative on all the avenues we’ve tried.

“She’s left behind two kids and it’s going to be hard, it’s just an unfortunate accident. “

Fiona’s friend was also hurt in the crash, which took place at 11:25pm local time on the Bog Walk Gorge bypass in the parish of St Catherine to the south east of the island.

Police are still investigation the cause of the accident.

Mr Reid said: “I heard there was an animal that ran into the road, I was told it was a dog.

“The driver swerved and hit her vehicle head-on. The car burnt out at the scene.

“I know that Fiona was in the back. She was in the second week of a two-week holiday.”

Fiona, nicknamed FeFe, leaves behind a 10-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl.

She was the eldest of Mr Reid’s two daughters and also has three sisters on her biological mother’s side. Tributes flooded on Facebook this week following the news.

Stacian Roper described Fiona as a “loving soul” who was “there for everyone in time of need”. A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the death of British national in Jamaica. She said: “We are providing consular assistance to the family at this time.”

The memorial takes place at the Emerald on Sunday between 4pm and 11pm, with well-wishers asked to make a donation of £5 at the door.

There is also a fundraising online page set up at http://www.gofundme.com/un8b3w8z

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