Loughborough man's appeal after vandal attack led to wife's death in car crash
A husband was robbed of his "beautiful wife" by a vandal who damaged her tyre, causing her to crash.
John Smith, from Loughborough, spoke last night after police revealed that the crash which killed his wife Joanna was due to vandalism.
Police are treating her death as manslaughter after forensic tests showed the tyre on her Honda Jazz was punctured deliberately.
Mr Smith said: "I want the person or people responsible for this to be caught.
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"Whoever did this to the tyre of Joanna's car robbed me of a beautiful wife and her family and friends of a wonderful person.
"I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about who did this to contact the police immediately."
Polish-born Joanna, 32, died in a crash on the eastbound A45, near Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, on April 10.
She is thought to have been unaware of the vandalism when she set off for work.
Mr Smith, who recently joined the news team at the Leicester Mercury, said he met his wife, a pharmacist, in 2007.
They got married on July 23 last year. The couple lived in Northampton.
He said: "Joanna was a wonderful person. The people who did this may not have meant to cause her death but they did."
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, from the East Midlands special operations unit major crime team, said: "While investigating the incident that led to Joanna's death, our collision investigation team established it was likely that tyre failure caused a loss of control of the car.
"The tyres from Joanna's car were sent to specialists, who concluded one of them had been deliberately punctured."
Officers were informed by members of the public that three other vehicles parked near the Honda had sustained tyre damage at the same time.
Det Chief Insp Kinchin said: "After being informed Joanna's tyre had been deliberately damaged, coupled with the other three incidents in the area where Joanna lived, we contacted the Crown Prosecution Service.
"Following its feedback we are now investigating the collision as manslaughter.
"We do not believe Joanna was specifically targeted, but was the tragic victim of senseless vandalism.
"Although we do not believe the person who damaged Joanna's car set out to cause her death, their actions had a very serious outcome.
"We believe someone knows who the offender is and would ask them to think about the impact Joanna's death has had on her family and friends, and ask them to give us any information they may have."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Operation Houston team on 101.