British pensioners Bryan Ottey and his wife Janet were killed in a head-on collision in Malta
Bryan Ottey, 68, and his wife Janet, 73, were killed in a head-on collision on the Mediterranean island.
Tributes were paid to the popular and well-liked expats, who moved to the sunshine from Hinckley in Leicestershire for a better life more than ten years ago.
They were believed to have enjoyed a meal with friends and their beloved dog Saki just before they died in the smash.
They had set off for the ten-minute drive home across the Maltese island of Gozo when they were involved in the collision with a van.
The emergency services freed the injured Brits from their badly damaged Suzuki Ignis and they were given CPR on their way to Gozo General Hospital.
But they were both certified dead in the early hours of Monday, just over an hour after the smash at 11pm on Sunday.
The driver of the other vehicle, a Peugeot Partner, survived and was taken to hospital in a “grievous” condition in hospital.
Local sources said the 25-year-old local man had a broken pelvis, nose and ribs.
The couple had retired to the Mediterranean island of Gozo more than ten years ago
Miraculously the couple’s dog survived the deadly accident.
They’ll be missed by a lot of their expat friends and their funerals will be held on the island
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The adorable pup was sitting on the back seat wearing a specially adapted safety belt and escaped with just a few cuts and bruises.
“They were a very close couple who did a lot of things together and they were extremely happy to have retired to Gozo,” said Janet’s cousin Christine Stewart-Jones, 72, speaking from her home in north Yorks.
“They had been there for ten years and they planned to spend the rest of their lives there.
A local magistrate on the island has opened an investigation into the incident
“They’ll be missed by a lot of their expat friends and their funerals will be held on the island – there’s no question of them leaving.
“Saki their dog was extremely important to them and they would be so pleased that he survived, he was the centre of their world.”
The crash happened on a fast and hilly main road leading from village of Nadur, which is well-known for its uneven surface and dangerous turns.
Mr and Mrs Ottey lived in a bungalow in the nearby village of Xaghra.
The police released a photograph showing the aftermath of the smash, showing the couple’s car shunted up against a wall with its front heavily damaged and resting on the van.
A statement released by The Malta Police Force said: “Members from the Civil Protection Department and a medical team were called on site to assist the injured.
“All persons were taken to Gozo General Hospital for medical treatment but unfortunately the elderly man and woman were later certified dead, whilst the 25-year-old is suffering from grievous injuries.”
Following the tragedy drivers vented their anger at the state of the road where the crash happened, describing it as “outrageously dangerous”.
Grace Calleja added: “Pray for the ones that lost their lives and for the guy to recover. The road on both sides are like see-saws. Both are falling apart.”
Others described it as a “seriously dangerous” stretch and a “national disgrace”.
A local magistrate on Gozo has opened an investigation into the incident.
A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “We are providing support to the family of two British people who have sadly died in Malta.
“We remain in contact with local authorities.”