Mother's fight over son's death

A DEVASTATED mother is set to take legal action in an attempt to hold someone to account for the loss of her son who died after being hit by a bus.Speaking publicly for the first time today of her heartache at losing her 19-year-old son Adam in tragic circumstances, Susan Brand said she will not rest until someone is held responsible for his death.

A DEVASTATED mother is set to take legal action in an attempt to hold someone to account for the loss of her son who died after being hit by a bus.

Speaking publicly for the first time today of her heartache at losing her 19-year-old son Adam in tragic circumstances, Susan Brand said she will not rest until someone is held responsible for his death.

Adam Brand died in a horrific accident at a two-day motoring event staged at Bentwaters Airbase in Rendlesham on Sunday, July 31, 2005.

Mrs Brand, 49, of Campbell Road, Ipswich, said Adam's untimely death has destroyed her life and she is furious nobody has been brought to book for the tragic loss.


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She said: “My world fell apart when Adam died.

“He was the most loving and caring son a mother could wish for.

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“I cry myself to sleep many a night and the same questions go through my head - did he feel anything? What agony was he in when the bus struck?

“You just can't imagine losing a child like that.

“For Adam's 21st birthday this year I celebrated by standing over his grave and sobbing.

“What got me more than anything was the card his brother sent him which said: Yo bruv - don't get the angels too drunk!

“It really got to me and I burst into tears thinking why can the angels have him and not me?

“It has destroyed me, his dad, and his brother.

“On your really low days you just don't care if you weren't to wake up the following day but then I think of my other son and think how selfish it is to have those thoughts.

Following Adam's death the driver of the bus, Jack Newson, of Sudbury, was charged with manslaughter by virtue of gross negligence but walked free from Ipswich Crown Court when the judge in the case ruled there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

The man who allowed Newson to drive the bus, Shane Dawson, was cleared of the same charge at an earlier hearing.

Mrs Brand is now determined to pursue other avenues in her hunt for justice.

She said: “I won't give up.

“I think someone should be held to account, which is why I will be taking civil action.

“I can't put it to rest until I have gone down that route.”

n. Do you have any words of support for Mrs Brand? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

In Summary: The inquest

AN inquest held this week returned an open verdict on Adam's death.

During the proceedings coroner Dr Peter Dean put it to Jack Newson that there had been concerns that a game of “chicken” had been going on, where a vehicle is driven towards someone to see if they can get out of the way.

Mr Newson, on legal advice, said he had no comment to make on the matter.

Detective Constable Chris Hutson, investigating officer, had told the inquest that Shane Dawson, a bus driver, had allowed his friend Mr Newson to drive the vehicle down the quarter-of-a-mile drag airstrip at Bentwaters Airbase.

In a prepared statement to the inquest, Mr Newson said he had done his best to avoid both people and cars and the brakes on the vehicle had not seemed to be working correctly.

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