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Tragic coach driver's family call for law change
7:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
THE family of a Fearnhead driver killed in a crash are calling for MPs to act after an inquest found a tyre on the coach he was driving was nearly two decades old.
Colin Daulby had only three seconds to react after the tyre blew out in Surrey causing the coach to smash into a tree during a journey back to the north west from Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September last year.
But while the findings of the inquest shocked many, it is not illegal for companies to use ageing tyres leading to bereaved families petitioning for a change in the law.
Colin’s ex-wife Annette Marie Creswell, from Birchwood, is meeting Warrington North MP Helen Jones next month to ask for ‘not just recommendations but new laws to save lives’.
The 64-year-old, who was divorced in 1998 after 28 years marriage to Colin, said: “We’re not trying to punish the coach companies, we’re not in for revenge, all we want is for laws to make the roads safer.
“The coach company Merseypride didn’t do anything illegal as the tyre tread was okay but it was the inside of the tyre where the problem lay.
“It’s a tragic loss of life for no reason and the more people that sign it, the more likely something can be done.”
Colin was killed alongside 18-year-old Michael Molloy and Kerry Ogden, aged 23, both from Liverpool and whose families set up the online petition following the inquest last month.
Annette, who had two sons with Colin; Lee, aged 43, and Russell, aged 37, said the last year had been a ‘nightmare’.
She added: “There were trolls on the internet blaming Colin which is one of the reasons I’m so glad people know the truth.
“Colin lived for his job and checked everything before he got on.
“That’s how I knew right away he was not guilty of anything.
“On the morning of the crash, my son Lee came over and said his dad hadn’t phoned and then that day was just turmoil.”
Despite the couple’s divorce, the pair would see each other three times a week after meeting when Colin came to Annette’s rescue as two boys were trying to force her to have a drink.
The family of Colin, known as Colin Roy the Melody Boy due to his fantastic piano and guitar playing, said they are still devastated by their loss but hope a positive can come from it in getting the law changed.
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