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Sarah Child

RSW14-SarahChild-withmumAvrilSarah Child, 26, from Great Barr, Birmingham, a daughter, sister and aunt-to-be, was killed by a speeding driver while crossing the road in July 2012.

Sarah and her heavily pregnant sister, Claire, were crossing Walsall Road in Great Barr when a speeding driver, averaging 64mph in a 40mph limit, crashed into both sisters. Sarah was thrown 25 feet through the air and died at the scene from head injuries. Claire and her unborn child miraculously survived, although Claire has been left with severe tissue damage to her leg and having to cope with the loss of her older sister, whom she lived with.

The driver, Amirul Islam, a 36 year old restaurant owner, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. The court heard he had been driving his Audi A4 aggressively and beeped his horn repeatedly at the two women, expecting them to move. The crash has left the family devastated, and they are urging drivers to slow down and look out for pedestrians.

Avril Child, Sarah's mother, says: "Sarah was a kind, beautiful daughter, who loved life and had lots of things she wanted to do. She loved her family more than anything. She lived with Claire in a house divided into two flats – so Claire not only lost her sister, was herself seriously injured, but she also lost her home – all before having her daughter, Evie Mae. This tragedy has turned our world upside down, all because of somebody not taking the care and attention to slow down or see my poor daughters crossing the street. There is nothing that can bring Sarah back, but I hope just one person reads this and it makes them re-think how they drive to prevent more road casualties. I hope that everyone looks out for each other following this year's Road Safety Week, and in particular that drivers will slow down to 20mph in communities, look twice and take it slow at junctions and bends, and are considerate to vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists."

Picture: Sarah with her mum, Avril.

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