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Safety campaign in Owen’s memory

Joanne Wightman and Mason Boardman have joined road safety charity Brake's campaign for 20mph zones to save childrens lives. This week is road safety week. Joanne's son and Mason's best friend, Owen, was killed last year in a hit and run on Fishpond Lane

Joanne Wightman and Mason Boardman have joined road safety charity Brake's campaign for 20mph zones to save childrens lives. This week is road safety week. Joanne's son and Mason's best friend, Owen, was killed last year in a hit and run on Fishpond Lane

THE mother of a little boy who was killed by a hit and run driver has joined a campaign to improve road safety.

Joanne Wightman’s son Owen died after being struck by speeding driver close to his home in Chapelthorpe last June.

She has backed road safety charity Brake’s Go 20 campaign which has urged drivers to slow down to save lives.

It wants to see more 20 miles-per-hour zones in built up communities and around schools.

Mrs Wightman, 33, of Heeley Road, said: “No punishment could compare to what we have gone through every day since Owen was taken from us.

“He had his whole life ahead of him and his death was so violent and needless.

“Our message to drivers is to imagine what you could put a family through by your actions. Keep to 20mph in built-up areas, and watch out for kids when you’re driving.

“Don’t end another innocent child’s life.”

She also called for more education for children and young people about the importance of road safety and sensible driving.

Owen had been playing with his best friend, Mason Boardman, now aged 8, near his home on June 18, 2011.

They decided to go home but as he crossed Fishpond Lane, Owen was struck by Peter Renshaw who was driving at almost double the speed limit.

Renshaw, 22, of Emley was jailed for five years and three months in June this year.

Since his death his mum, dad Neil, and their friends and family have raised money in Owen’s memory.

Next year they are hoping to put on a fundraising gig in aid of Brake.

 

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