Husband pays tribute to‘beautiful wife’

Victoria Makishti with her children
Victoria Makishti with her children
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A devastated father-of-two today opened his heart over the mystery car crash which killed his beloved wife.

Elez Makishti, of Houldsworth Road, Fulwood, believes Victoria, 30, could still be alive if she had been given more support by health experts after years of suffering post-natal depression.

Victoria’s car veered across three lanes of the M6 southbound near Charnock Richard Services before flipping over and crashing in a field in November last year.

She suffered multiple injuries in the crash, with traces of anti-depressants found in her wrecked car.

Elez, 30, who works as a doorman in the city centre, today told the Evening Post: “It’s destroyed my life.

“We had so many goals to go for. I don’t know what was going through her head. I don’t think she wanted to put me through this.”

Victoria, who worked for her father’s company in Red Scar Industrial Estate as an engineer, had told her GP she was suffering suicidal thoughts just two days before the fatal crash.

The day before the crash, Victoria phoned her mental health support worker at 5.30am saying she was feeling “down and panicky”.

She also spoke to a member of the team later that day and they agreed to see her on December 16 – almost three weeks later.

An inquest into her death yesterday heard how she suffered post-natal depression after giving birth to her second child Daniel, now 18-months-old, in 2010.

Victoria, who went to Corpus Christi High School in Fulwood, had also suffered from the illness after the birth of their first child, Emma, now seven, and had spent time in the Avondale Mental Health Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.

At yesterday’s inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court, deputy coroner Simon Jones said he could not record a verdict of suicide, misadventure or accidental death.

He said: “There was no contact with any other vehicle, there was nothing wrong with the motorway itself, there was nothing apparently wrong with the vehicle.

“The weather was not a factor.”

Police found a number of empty packets of anti-depressant Sertraline at the scene of the crash, just before 9am on Saturday November 27.

Pathologist Dr Jane Edwards, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said the cause of death was multiple injuries with Sertraline toxicity.

PC Alex Martinez, who examined the scene, told the inquest: “The only thing I noticed was a pinky residue round her lips, grainy, like she had taken some drugs.

“I could see empty blister packets. The date on the packs was the day before the accident.

“Every one I found was empty, they were scattered over a large radius.”

Side effects of the tablets include drowsiness and suicidal tendencies, although the latter has not been proven and remains the subject of debate.

An accident investigation report revealed she had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, despite her family saying she always wore one.

Her mother Anne Butterworth also told the inquest she had a fear of driving on motorways and avoided them.

Victoria and Elez, who is originally from Albania, met while she was on holiday in Greece in 1999 and they married two years later.

Elez added: “I’m devastated and feel let down by the mental health team.

“I don’t think they did enough to help her.

“So many times she asked for help.

“She asked for their help and they said ‘come back next week’.”

Speaking of life without his wife, he said: “It’s hell. Trying to cope and look after the kids, doing things I should be doing with my wife.

“All they said was come back next month, on December 16. Those words are never going to go out of my head.

“She was a lovely mum, she took care of her kids.

“She was a beautiful wife as well. I could not ask for a better woman.”

Mr Makishti has spoken to solicitors with regards to pursuing possible legal action.

A spokesman for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Victoria’s family at this very difficult time. However, we are unable to comment on individual cases due to confidentiality.”

An open verdict was recorded.