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Families of Daniel Atkinson and Jade Rice fight for justice

Back Row (l-r) - Ashley Hobson, Clare Trepiak, Stephanie Squires, Leander & Paige Hawker. Front Row - Kayleigh Loftus & Linda Hawker.

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 is hoping to raise support in her fight for justice.

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

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 he would not refer the case to back 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.

And Mr Tanwir had been 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.

But Daniel’s mum Linda Hawker, of Westgate, has not given up on her battle to see Mr Tanwir prosecuted.

Last weekend she set out on a campaign trail to collect signatures for a petition.Family and friends helped her collect 500 signatures in Dewsbury, where Daniel had lived for several years.

Tomorrow they will take their campaign to Leeds, before visiting Huddersfield on March 1 and Wakefield on March 8.

Ms Hawker said: “It was the anniversary of Daniel and Jade’s deaths last month.”

“We’ve waited eight years already and I thought ‘I’m not going to wait any more’.

“My New Year’s resolution is to try to get something done as quickly as we possibly can.

“We had got somebody to set up a petition online, but I just got frustrated because I wanted everybody to sign it.

“I wanted to do something so we can go out on the street and get signatures.”

They plan to take the petition to Downing Street at the end of March.

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

 
 
 

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