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Joe Wilkins - South

Nat-S WILKINS Joe VBJoe Wilkins, 39, from Eynsham in Oxfordshire, was killed when cycling in May 2012. The driver, Paul Brown, 30, from Eynsham, Oxfordshire, was eating a sandwich and claims he didn't see Joe. He crashed into the back of Joe's bike at 60mph, sending him flying into a ditch over 20 metres from where he was hit. Joe died at the roadside, despite attempts by a passing nurse to resuscitate him.

Brown was convicted of causing death by careless driving. He was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for a year, which is close to the minimum penalty that can be given for this offence.

The father of two young children, Joe was a fire fighter with ten years' experience and described as "one of the nicest people you could ever meet" and "a credit to the community".

Joe's partner Nicci Saunders is supporting Road Safety Week. She says: "My family has been blown apart. Our two young daughters have to grow up without their dad and me without my soul mate. The girls have been utterly traumatised and still wake in the night crying for their Daddy. I am trying to support them through it, but I miss him terribly too. None of our lives will ever be the same again. Road crashes are avoidable, and Joe's death could have been prevented so easily by the driver giving his full attention to driving. No one wants to go through what we are going through so I'm asking everyone to help prevent tragedies like this by pledging to tune into road safety and never allowing yourself to be distracted at the wheel. Please remember that it doesn't just happen to other people."

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