Parents forgive driver who 'killed' their only daughter in car crash and even let him move into their house while awaiting court trial

Parents forgive driver who 'killed' their only daughter in car crash and even let him move into their house while awaiting court trial


A mum and dad forgave the man who killed their only daughter in a car crash, even letting him move into their home while he awaited court trial.



Grieving parents, Elizabeth and Fernando Jimenez lost their daughter Maria, a student at the University of Brighton, just weeks before her 24th birthday in 2017.




Maria asked her friend Nick Tay to drive her home because she’d be drinking wine at a dinner with other members of their church music group.






Nick agreed to drive her despite not having valid driver's license, and then crashed the car on the A3 outside Guildford, Surrey, after veering across two lanes and hitting the central reservation before flying off towards a verge.






Nick suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was speeding at 110mph, double the speed limit for the dual carriageway.




Before the crash, Maria was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car in an incident which police later called ‘entirely preventable’.




Fernando, 63, initially blamed both himself, for buying Maria the car, and Nick who he said he wanted to ‘kill with a machete.’


‘These revenge fantasies initially got me through, but I also knew I didn’t want to end up a bitter man,’ he told the Forgiveness Project.


His wife, Elizabeth, 50, reacted differently from the start and said she was worried about Nick's welfare.


She said while she was in hospital waiting to identify the body of her daughter, ‘suddenly I thought “Wait a minute, who is with Nick at the police station?”


‘I knew his family lived in Singapore. He must be desperate. I had never met this man before.’



Elizabeth wanted to see Nick straight away but he was in custody. When he was released on bail, they arranged to meet.


When Elizabeth, Fernando and Nick were eventually in the same room together, Nick hugged Fernando and asked him to forgive him.

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