Heartbreaking new details emerge about Phil Spencer's parents' fatal crash

Phil Spencer’s parents David and Anne died in a car crash on their family farm, and now mourners are laying flowers near the spot where the tragedy happened.

They were heading out for lunch when the car toppled over a bridge, fell into a shallow river on their Littlebourne property, and flipped upside down.

Following the fatal crash on Friday, the bank of the river has now been adorned with fresh flowers in their honour. The colourful bunches are a tribute to the lives lost.

This comes after it was alleged that it was Parkinson’s sufferer Anne, 82, who was driving the car. The passengers were her 89-year-old, who was born Richard but went by David, had Dementia and a carer, who survived.

The carer was able to climb out of the back window and raise alarm that the incident had taken place. Phil’s brother came to the scene, and cut their parents’ seatbelts with a penknife but after being pulled from the river they never regained consciousness.

The Daily Mail reports that Anne was recently passed fit to drive.

After the horrific accident, Phil, 53, took to social media with a sweet photo of his late parents to publicly mourn the loss.

‘Very sadly both of my amazing parents died on Friday’, the TV presenter and property expert began in the caption.

‘As a family we are all trying to hold onto the fact Mum and Dad went together and that neither will ever have to mourn the loss of the other one. Which is a blessing in itself.

‘Although they were both on extremely good form in the days before (hence the sudden idea to go out to lunch), Mums Parkinson’s and Dads Dementia had been worsening and the long term future was set to be a challenge.

‘So much so that Mum said to me only a week ago that she had resigned to thinking “now it looks like we will probably go together”. And so they did.’

‘That was what God had planned for them – and it was a good plan’, he stated.


Phil detailed the accident, continuing: ‘The car, going very slowly, toppled over a bridge on the farm drive, upside down into the river. There were no physical injuries and I very much doubt they would have even fought it – they would have held hands under the water and quietly slipped away.

‘Their carer was in the car and managed to climb out of a back window so the alarm was raised quite quickly.

‘As many farmers do – my brother had a penknife and so was able to cut the seat belts – he pulled them out of the river but they never regained consciousness.

‘Although desperately sad and shocked beyond all belief – all family are clear that if there can ever be such a thing as having a “good end” – this was it.’

He added: ‘It feels horrendous right now, but after almost 60 years of marriage – to die together on the farm they so loved will, I know, be a comfort in the future.’

Phil signed off: ‘Mum Dad are together which is precisely where they would have wanted to be. ❤️’

Phil’s Location, Location, Location co-host Kirstie Allsopp has paid tribute to David and Anne, while Piers Morgan and Phil Vickery are amongst the celebrities who have shared their condolences.

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