December 12 2013 Latest news:
by Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Sunday, October 6, 2013
The devastated daughter of a woman who died in a Romford crash last month has spoken of the horrifying moment when she realised her mother was involved.
Raluca Ciulcu, 27, of South Street, went looking for her mother Gabriela Miora Ciulcu when she did not return from walking her dog and discovered her jacket and shoes lying in Waterloo Road.
Romanian national Mrs Ciulcu, 51, died in hospital after being hit by a Ford Transit van at 7.45am on September 18.
Her daughter, whose birthday was the next day, said: “By 8.30am she wasn’t back and didn’t have her phone, so I took my daughter and went to find her.
“I could see the police and red tape. On the street there was her red jacket and her shoes, so I went screaming to the police officer.
“He said, ‘She’s alive but it’s very bad’, and when I went to the hospital they told me she didn’t make it.”
Mrs Ciulcu was buried on September 28 in Onesti, Romania.
She had been visiting Havering for the second time to look after her granddaughter Eva, who is nearly one, as Raluca wanted to seek employment.
Raluca, who is married to Florin Laslo, 33, believes her ordeal has been worsened by the uncertainty which surrounds her mother’s death.
She said Havering police have not assisted her, saying they had told her that no information can be divulged until the investigation is completed in about six months.
She said her father, Vladimir, 51, who is still in Romania, was told it would take up to a year.
Raluca added: “I need to know how it happened, it’s like living a bad dream.
“I feel it’s my fault and I shouldn’t have asked her to come here.
“I know I won’t be able to see her again, but knowing what happened could help me sleep at night at least.”
Havering police were not available for comment, but they are still looking for witnesses to the accident.
•If you saw anything, please call 101 and quote the reference number 5413824/13.
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