THE grieving mum of a woman killed in a go-kart crash died of a “broken heart” hours after her daughter’s inquest.
Barbara Moffatt, 63, was found dead the day after she described how she would “never give up fighting for justice” for her daughter Kelly Slater.
The 33-year-old had been killed in a go-karting crash in Tenerife while on holiday with her partner in December 2017.
The inquest into her death heard how family and friends had struggled to get all of the answers they were looking for from Spanish authorities and bosses at Karting Las Americas, Costa Adeje, where the accident took place.
And in a tragic twist, mum Ms Moffat was found dead at her Burnley, Lancs, home from a suspected heart attack.
She is believed to have died at some point between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon last week, when police were sent to check on her when she failed to turn up at a friend’s house.
Speaking about the tragedy, lifelong friend of the family Sara Nicholls said everyone who knew and loved Ms Moffatt had been left in a state of utter shock.
She said: “Barbara had been disappointed at the outcome of the inquest and felt as though she still had many unanswered questions about Kelly’s death.
“But she had been OK after we left Burnley Magistrates Court and we all knew we were never going to give up fighting for justice.
“We can’t even start to get our heads around this, she was so loved and would have done anything for anyone.
“It is as though she has died of a broken heart. We just feel as though she wanted to be with Kelly.”
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The inquest heard Ms Slater had been taking selfies and videos on her phone when the 30mph go-kart she was driving veered out of control on a bend.
The vehicle went through a stack of tyres and plunged down a ravine.
Miss Slater, from Burnley, suffered organ failure in the crash and died from her injuries.
An inquest heard she had been given a loosely fitting helmet and there were no seat belts in the vehicle.
Friends are now rallying around eight-year-old Archie, Kelly’s son who Ms Moffatt had been helping to bring up following the death of her daughter.
Speaking after the inquest last Wednesday, Ms Moffatt had said her daughter was an “incredible mum,” adding she should never stop trying to get more answers surrounding her death.
It is as though she has died of a broken heart. We just feel as though she wanted to be with Kelly
She leaves her two sons Aiden and Wayne, as well as an abundance of close friends and family.
The funding page reads: “On December 27th 2017 Barbara’s daughter Kelly Slater was tragically killed in a go karting accident in Tenerife.
“Alongside Kelly’s best friend Lauren, Barbara spent the past two years trying to piece together the accident and how it resulted in Kellys death.
“Having no information from the Spanish authorities or the go-karting company, Barbara was left with no support or answers to Kelly’s cause of death.”
Remembering Barbara as “the most loving and caring nana”, it added: “On October 3rd 2019, a day after Kelly’s inquest, Barbara sadly passed away at her home in Burnley.
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“Barbara’s kindness, her fun outlook to life, and bubbly personality will leave an enormous hole in all our lives.
“Barbara worked hard all her life and never relied on anyone, always putting others first even though she would struggle herself at times. The most selfless loving person you could meet.”
A GoFundMe page has now been launched to help pay for unexpected funeral costs.