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Welsh mother, 46, dies and her partner’s son, 17, is critically injured in horrific car crash while on a family …

Sharon Davies, 46, died in a crash in  Rustenburg, northwest of JohannesburgHer partner and their two teenage children were also injured in crashBoy, 17, airlifted to hospital with critical injuries, emergency services sayFamily had been a safari holiday in South Africa, driving from Botswana

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A British woman has died in a car crash while on a family safari holiday in South Africa.

Sharon Davies, 46, of Mountain Ash, South Wales, ‘showed no signs of life‘ when she was found trapped inside the car after coming off the road near Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg.

Ms Davies’ partner and their two children, a 17-year-old boy and a girl aged 14, were also injured in the crash with the teenage boy reportedly in a critical condition. 

Tragic: Sharon Davies, 46, died in a car crash while on a safari holiday in South Africa with her partner and their two children

The family had been was travelling from O.R. Tambo International Airport to neighbouring Botswana when the tragic crash happened.

Paramedics arrived at the scene off the R509 motorway outside Rustenburg in the North West Province, to find the car lying on its side partially off the road. 

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The 17-year-old, reportedly the son of Ms Davies’ partner, was airlifted to hospital with critical injuries.

An investigation of ‘culpable homicide’ – ‘involuntary manslaughter’ under UK law – has now been opened by the South African Police Service following the crash on July 31.

Horrible: This image of the crash scene, released by emergency services, show the car the family had been driving in lying on its side on the road

Emergency response spokesman Russel Meiring said: ‘Upon closer inspection, paramedics found the woman lying trapped in the vehicle had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life.

‘Unfortunately, the woman had already succumbed to her injuries.

‘Nothing more could be done for her and she was declared dead on the scene.’ 

Friends have now paid tribute to the tragic mother.

Sheila Mills said: ‘Still can’t stop thinking about her she was a lovely person inside and out.’

Joanne Bury Churcher said: ‘Absolutely heartbroken. RIP Sharon.’ 

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