Tragic families join road calls
Relations of the victims of February's hit and run horror on Foxhall Road have broken their silence to call for a change in the laws.
IPSWICH: Relations of the victims of February's hit and run horror on Foxhall Road have broken their silence to call for a change in the laws.
Kate Wasyluk's mother Dot Richardson called for a change in the law to reduce the drink and drugs limit for drivers at a conference organised by road safety campaign Brake.
Mrs Richardson, 54, of Chelmondiston said: “I lost my daughter to a drink and drugs driver, in what I don't like to call an accident.
“The impact was tremendous, I had a break down.
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“It happened nine months ago and up until a month ago I've been living in a forgotten place, I wanted to do something positive to keep her memory alive.
“The driver got just eight years and will be out in four. He's still young enough, still has his life. My life will never be the same.
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“When will people stop taking drugs/drinking and then driving? When the law changes, that's when!”
Emma Harold's sister Michelle Luetchford, 37, lives near the scene of the accident.
She said: “What happened devastated my life, I want people to realise that one drink or one bit of drugs has an effect.
“The awareness a national charity can bring can only help get the message out.
“I needed to do something positive, I needed to push forward and get the message out.”
On 21 February 2009, Emma Harold, 26, and her sister, mother-of-two Beccy Harold, 25, were walking home with their friend Kate Wasyluk, 25, on the pavement at Foxhall Road in Ipswich, just after midnight.
A stolen car driven by 20-year-old disqualified, drink and drug driver Scott Nicholls ploughed into them at 50mph in a 30mph zone.
Nicholls was found to be nearly twice the drink drive limit and to have ecstasy in his blood stream. He had taken heroin the day before.
Emma and Kate both died at the scene.
Beccy sustained serious lower body injuries, internal bleeding and bruising to the brain.
Nicholls was convicted on two counts of causing death by dangerous driving as well as with driving whilst disqualified. He was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison.