Running in memory of young cousin who was killed by speeding motorist

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A Harborough woman is running the London Marathon in memory of her 14-year-old cousin who was killed by a speeding motorist as she walked to school.

Abby Davies (26) will be raising money for the charity Brake, which campaigns for safer roads, and supports victims of road accidents and their families.

Abby’s cousin Liberty Baker was just 14 when she was killed by a speeding car as she walked along the pavement to her school in Witney, Oxfordshire in June, 2014.

The car’s driver Robert Blackwell (19) had been speeding and simply failed to negotiate a bend, the court heard.

Blackwell pleaded guilty in April this year to causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

In a statement to the court, Liberty’s 11-year-old brother Finley had described being taken out of school to hospital to say ‘goodbye’ to his sister. He said it was ‘the worst day’.

“Liberty was very happy, beautiful, sweet” said Abby, who is a PR account manager at Webb Associates in Market Harborough, and also lives in the town.

“We’re quite a close family - we even went on holiday together - so everyone was devastated by what happened.

“It gradually came to me that I needed to do something to help.”

Sixteen of Liberty’s family members and friends, including Abby, have already completed a half marathon to raise money for the Brake charity.

Now Abby is in training for the London Marathonin April next year.

“I want to support Brake’s work because people don’t really realise what a speeding vehicle can do” said Abby.

Abby wants to raise £3,000 for the charity. Sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/Abby-Davies-VLM16

The Brake charity website is at www.brake.org.uk/