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Parents of young man killed in car crash near Nantwich in 2010 speak out in hope of saving other lives

A brave mum and dad have spoken of the night they lost their son in a car crash in the hope it may save other young lives.

Parents Dee and Dean Wilson hold a picture of their son, Matthew, with Matthew’s sister Hannah

A brave mum and dad have spoken of the night they lost their son in a car crash in the hope it may save other young lives.

Matthew Wilson, 21, died instantly when he lost control of his car and collided with a tree on the A51 near Nantwich in 2010.

An inquest found he was over the drink drive limit.

Now his parents Dean and Dee Wilson, along with Matthew’s 27-year-old sister Hannah, from Poynton, are getting behind Cheshire Police’s THINK campaign, a Christmas crackdown on drink driving.

They are touring the region showing the public the actual wreckage of the black Renault Matthew was driving in a bid to share their message about the consequences of drink-driving.

Dean, 56, of Park Lane, said the family got involved in the campaign to achieve something positive from Matthew’s death.

He said: “Matthew had drunk no more than two pints before driving. It is an amount people regularly drink before getting behind the wheel. He paid the ultimate price and now we, as a family, have to live with that.

“This Christmas we are going to have an empty seat at our table and that is heartbreaking.

“We want to do our bit and make people think and make sure every seat around other family’s tables are filled.

“The shape of the car wreckage is a horrendous, shocking image.

“Being around it makes me physically sick sometimes, but at the same time I feel close to Matt again. It’s a very strange dichotomy.

“We see the effect that wreckage has on people and I just know that what we are doing will save lives.”

According to Cheshire Police figures show that drivers aged between 20 and 24 failed more breath tests than any other group.

But PC Dave Murray, Cheshire Police road safety officer, said everyone should think about the consequences of drink driving.

He said: “It has taken Matthew’s family a great amount of courage and strength to allow us to use the car in an attempt to find a positive outcome from the tragedy.

“Our message is clear, drink driving devastates lives.

“If you are going to have a drink then make alternative travel arrangements. This also goes for the morning after.

“Give your body time to process any alcohol you have had before getting behind the wheel.”

 

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