Widow urges motorists to slow down

A WIDOW is today urging Suffolk motorists to slow down as she returns to the scene of an accident, in which her husband died two years ago.

A WIDOW is today urging Suffolk motorists to slow down as she returns to the scene of an accident, in which her husband died two years ago.

Pauline McCune's husband Jo-Jo was killed on the A134 at Leavenheath on September 25, 2006. He lost control of his motorbike on his way to a funeral and was struck by an oncoming van.

Tomorrow Mrs McCune, from Bridlington in East Yorkshire, will return to the scene of the collision to lay flowers.

Mrs McCune said: “Jo-Jo was 43. He had just had his birthday and it had been our wedding anniversary earlier in the month. He was on his way to his auntie's funeral. He wasn't speeding but was going too quick when it was raining hard. His death is something I have to live with everyday and it doesn't go away.

“If people stuck to the limits and thought about the possibilities of what might happen on country roads, more deaths and serious injuries might be prevented.

“Drivers should expect the unexpected - I wish people would just slow down. I'm now more aware than ever of speed. Jo-Jo's death has left me devastated, and my life will never be the same again. I watch people speeding and think if only you knew what pain you may leave behind.”She will be placing a plaque by the side of the road and presenting a cheque for charity to acting Sergeant Phil Barrett, who was Mrs McCune's family liaison officer, and Pc Andrew Fossey, the roads policing officer who investigated the accident.

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Mrs McCune said she cannot thank the officers enough for their help.

She said: “They were so caring and considerate, it was unreal. PC Barrett was there whenever I needed him, like a friend - he was always at the end of a phone and did everything he could to help both me and my family. PC Fossey was at the scene with Jo-Jo. I couldn't have got through this without their help. They were both on first name terms with my family and provided all the support we could have hoped for.”

PC Barrett is one of ten roads policing family liaison officers within Suffolk Constabulary. These officers are volunteers and receive specialised training in dealing with bereaved families.

Inspector Trevor Sharman who leads the Serious Collision Investigation Team said: “This allows us to professionalise the way in which Suffolk Constabulary investigates road death, offering an improved service to the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Coroner and to the bereaved families.

“By removing these complex investigations from response officers, we are allowing them to concentrate more on the enforcement and education that can prevent these collisions from occurring in the first place.”