Family pays tribute to woman in fatal collison
The family of a Kenyan woman who was killed in a road
crash in Basildon has pair tribute to her.
Martha Gakonde died when the beige Yaris she was driving was in
collision with a fire engine on Broadmayne just before 9am on
Friday, September 9, 2011.
Martha, 39, from Wythefield in Basildon was certified dead at the
Born and brought up in Kenya, Martha came over to settle in the
UK from 1996.
She first met her husband, John, at primary school in the village
of Ngarariga. Their three children, Nathan, Peter and Kathy
were all born in the UK.
Martha gained qualifications in secretarial and administrative
duties and then became a trainer. For several years she served as a
community support worker in Tower Hamlets, caring for adults in the
community with mental health issues.
She was about to begin training as a mental health nurse when the
fatal crash happened.
In a statement, Martha’s family said: "Generous and caring
person that she was, she was drawn towards working with people
suffering from mental illness.
"To her husband she was the love of his life and best friend. She
was also a devoted mother. She loved, for example, organising
family trips based on a theme, related to some child's particular
interest. However, not only was she dedicated to supporting her own
children to fulfill their potential in whatever they engaged in,
she was also a 'mother' to many others, ever willing to support
those in need with practical support and wise counsel. Her
premature demise has left a huge void.”
Any witnesses to the crash are urged to contact investigating
officers at Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on
0300 333 4444.