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Campaign for justice for Daniel Atkinson and Jade Rice comes to Wakefield

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Daniel Atkinson Petition-  - Back Row (l-r) - Ashley Hobson, Clare Trepiak, Stephanie Squires, Leander & Paige Hawker. Front Row - Kayleigh Loftus & Linda Hawker.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Daniel Atkinson Petition- - Back Row (l-r) - Ashley Hobson, Clare Trepiak, Stephanie Squires, Leander & Paige Hawker. Front Row - Kayleigh Loftus & Linda Hawker.

A grieving mum whose son died when a speeding car driven by a care worker crashed into a lamppost will bring her fight for justice to the city this weekend.

Daniel Atkinson, 17, and his friend Jade Rice, also 17, both died in the 2006 smash.

Daniel’s mum Linda Hawker has collected more than 1,000 signatures for a petition as part of her battle to see careworker Mohammed Tanwir prosecuted.

She and her campaign group will be in Wakefield City Centre tomorrow from 11.30am to rally more support, before the petition is hand-delivered to Downing Street with the help of Wakefield MP Mary Creagh later this year.

An inquest held in 2008 heard Mohammed Tanwir had been driving at 80mph or more in a 40mph area when he lost control of the car.

Coroner Roger Whittaker concluded that the teenagers had been unlawfully killed, but would not refer the case to the Department of Public Prosecution.

A judge had previously ruled that there was insufficient evidence to put a charge of causing death by dangerous driving before a jury.

Mr Tanwir was acquitted of a lesser charge of failing to stop during a trial at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court.

In 2010 the then Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC also blocked a request for further legal action.

Ms Hawker, of Westgate, said: “I really hope the Prime Minister David Cameron takes notice of our petition.”

Daniel, who had ADHD, had been living at a ‘halfway’ house before his death.

Visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/justice-for-daniel-atkinson-and-jade-rice

 
 
 

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