Devastated family back World Cup road safety campaign
The heartbroken loved ones of a man who was killed by a drink/drug driver are urging people to avoid driving under the influence as World Cup fever grips the North East.
Michelle Norton lost her only child, Lewis Knapp, after he was run over by a drink and drug driver during a night out in South Shields.
“We cannot bring Lewis back, but if we can help prevent the same thing happening to someone else, then we will do anything we can to show how drink and drug driving wrecks lives,” said Michelle, from Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside.
RSGB NE is being joined by police and fire crews from across the region, as well as Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool football clubs, as it aims to reduce alcohol and drug-related road casualty figures during the World Cup, when alcohol consumption is expected to rise sharply.
Lewis, 20, who was known as Lewi to his friends and girlfriend, died in 2017 after being run over by Connor Emms, who had been drinking and taking cocaine.
Emms did not have a driving licence and was driving at more than twice the 30mph speed limit when he hit Lewis. Emms did not stop and Lewis died at the scene from multiple injuries.
Michelle added: “They may not harm themselves, but they could take the life of someone else, and countless people will be affected, including their own family. Nobody wants that on their conscience for ever.”
Lewis’ girlfriend, Caitlyn, said: “That night, Connor Emms did not go out with the intention of killing someone, but because he decided to drive when he shouldn’t have, he took Lewis’ life and ruined so many others.”
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