THE family of the man who died when his car was hit by another travelling the wrong way on the M40 is considering legal action.

Stuart Richards, 32, from Stockport in Cheshire, was one of three people killed in Monday’s crash when a Subaru heading the wrong way up the carriageway struck his car.

His father Mel Richards said his son had just put a deposit down on a house with his partner Ashley Crawford, which he feared she might lose without his son's financial contribution.

He said they were seeking legal advice, adding: “I hope they have insurance and we are able to do something to help Ashley come out of this without having to suffer a financial penalty as well as a terrible loss.”

The crash was caused by two pensioners in their 80s driving their Subaru Forester southwards on the northbound carriageway of the M40 near Tetsworth on Monday, October 15.

Both the pensioners were killed, along with Mr Richards.

Thames Valley Police has now referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over the incident after revealing that it was called to a damage-only collision involving the Subaru just days before on October 10.