Motoring event in Luke Lyon's memory raises over £600 for the Devon Air Ambulance (From This is The West Country)
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Motoring event in Luke Lyon's memory raises over £600 for the Devon Air Ambulance
2:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Devon
THE sister of former Tiverton High School student Luke Lyons, who was killed when his van came off the A396 in January, has held what she hopes will be the first of many motoring events in his memory.
The Lyons family organised the Mid Devon Car Cruise with the help of Cullompton police sergeant Owen Messenger.
Porsches, BMWs, Jaguars and Mercedes rolled into the high school grounds for the charity event in May, which attracted more than 1,000 visitors, most of whom were young drivers and fans of the modified car scene just like Luke.
Luke, of Bampton, who was a member of South-West Performance, was killed on his way to work a week before his 20th birthday.
He was driving along the A396 between Bampton and Tiverton on the morning of January 25 when it isbelieved he hit apatch of ice, forcing him off the road and down a steep bank into trees.
An investigation concluded there was no driver error.
Since the tragedy the Lyons family have become committed to spreading the road safety message and are working with the police to improve their relationship with young motorists.
Danielle Lyons, Luke’s older sister, said: “We wanted to target the audience of mybrother’s age and open everyone’s eyes to the dangers.
“The police had a stand and people had the opportunity to talk to them about road safety.
“With my brother it was lack of experience. He’d never driven on ice, but it could happen to anyone.”
“I have to be proactive because I know that if it was the other way round and it was me Luke would be doing something.”
The family, who raised £631 for the Devon Air Ambulance with the first event, are looking forward to another next year and hope to raise enoughmoney to install a barrier at the site of the accident near Bickleigh.
Sgt Messenger, who was instrumental in organising of the car show, said: “The relationship between the police and members of the modified vehicle scene has improved dramatically with both sides working together to increase road safety awareness.”
He said encouraging drivers to prepare for the poor road conditions in the winter months could save lives.
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