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Driver speaks of the day he killed his passenger
12:00pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A DRIVER has spoken of the day he crashed and killed his 16-year-old passenger.
Tom (not his real name) is currently serving a five year sentence at Thorn Cross YOI for causing death by dangerous driving.
Just months after passing his test as an 18-year-old in 2010, he was driving with a friend when he decided to overtake on the single lane carriageway in icy conditions.
The teenager did not see a car coming the other way and lost control, careering off the road.
Police will not disclose the time or location of the incident.
Despite both friends wearing seatbelts, the collision had catastrophic consequences.
Tom said: “I knew she was dead as soon as I saw her.
“I think about what happened all of the time, and I have had a lot of time to think about it.”
The 21-year-old is speaking out to wanr other young drivers to act safely.
He said: “I would urge others to use your common sense − don′t think that you can overtake, when you clearly can′t.
"I will obviously be more conscious of road conditions the next time I get in the car, but with a seven year driving ban, I will not be on the road for a while longer yet."
Now serving the final year of his sentence, Tom has undertaken a victim awareness course and has been doing voluntary work in the community.
The latter has seen him take part in a Cheshire Police initiative Think Drive Survive, run in secondary schools in the town.
“I was told that there were some talks that I could do, and signed myself up for the chance to do it, because I don′t want this happening to anyone else,” said Tom.
“The first time that I had to speak, my mind went blank and I didn′t know what to say, but a few talks in, and I can speak quite openly about the road collision and the consequences that it had on the victim′s family and my own.
"I feel like I am giving something back to others by doing the talks, and educating young people about the consequences but for the loss of a life, you can′t give anything back."
For more information on Think Drive Survive go to upbeat.uk.com or cheshire.police.uk.
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