The woman killed in the A40 horror crash, in which the Range Rover she was travelling in ended up on a West London railway track, has been named as 33-year beautician Yağmur Özden (pictured, top).
Yağmur was a back seat passenger in the vehicle that was travelling at high speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the A40 near Park Royal station in the early hours of Monday morning.
Footage shows the luxury 4x 4 car hurtling through the barriers of the dual carriageway, hitting a stationery electric car recharging at a Tesla garage before flipping onto the train tracks at Park Royal station.
The mother-of-one, who was reported as not wearing a seat belt at the time, was thrown from the car and died at the scene.
The driver, jewellery shop manager Rida Al Mousawi, 24, who was also not wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured in the crash that occurred around 3.40am. He has had a leg amputated and is currently in coma.
Their friend Zamarod Arif, 26, was also in the 4×4 when the crash happened, miraculously survived the crash with a broken arm and leg. Her account of the events that night has shed some light on the horrific crash that led to the Range Rover ending up in a crumpled heap on the tracks of the Piccadilly line station.
A man, 56, believed to have been inside the Tesla that was hit by the 4×4 while it was parked at the charging station that night, was treated for “non life-threatening” injuries.
In a tribute, Yağmur’s family said she was “an angel” with a “kind heart” who loved “spending time with friends and family”, and was “very funny and could cheer up the saddest person”.
The Turkish single mother was described as “devoted” to her 12-year-old daughter, with whom “she had an amazing bond”. “Her daughter will always cherish those moments she had with her mum,” the family added.
Speaking to media about the crash, Andrew Wood, who lives in a block of flats next to the station, said: “It woke me up. I heard this huge bash at about half past three. I thought it was somebody breaking into one of the garages.
“The car must have smashed the fence, because behind that is the pedestrian walkway and it’s come right over that. Ten minutes after there were helicopters, it was like the Third World War.”
In an interview with the Mail Online, crash survivor Zamarod said that both she and Yağmur had been telling Al Mousawi to slow down.
According to Zamarod, Yağmur had a “previous bad experience and didn’t like going fast”, adding, “We were both afraid.”
“I looked over at Rida and touched his arm to say slow down. He looked me in the eye and said it will be cool.
“Just then Yag shouted out that there was something in the road. I don’t know what it was, a cat, or another animal. Rida went to the side, and once that happened we just took off,” explained Zamarod.
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The beautician told Mail Online that she was sat in the front passenger seat and was the only one in the car wearing a seatbelt.
She stated she had been conscious for the entirety of the ordeal and had felt “every tumble” during the crash, which she likened to a “tsunami”, comparing it to a scene from the 2012 film The Impossible, when one of the characters is hit “left, right and centre” by a tsunami.
While Zamarod was thrown around the inside of the Range Rover during the crash, her friend Yağmur and the driver Rida were thrown out of the vehicle, she said.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The 24-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital and enquiries to establish the circumstances of what happened are ongoing.”