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Logic relating to the car crash that killed Echo's parents

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I'm confused by the logic describing the car crash that killed Echo's parents. On P252 we are told "the automotive industry reasons a driver will take evasive action and hit the brakes before the moment of impact." That makes sense to me. However, later in the novel, Echo advises that "The officer at the scene reported that our car never slowed as it crossed the centreline. No skid marks proved my mum had tried to brake.". Surely a lack of skid marks would show that no attempt had been made to try to brake before the impact? doesn't this demonstrate, despite what Echo asserts, that the car crash was intentional? what motive could Echo have for wanting to believe otherwise?