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Steven Atkinson

RSW14-StevenAtkinson-2Steven Atkinson, 12, from Sunderland, was pushing his bike across Chester Road in October 2009 when he was hit by a speeding driver. He was rushed to hospital, where he died from his injuries.

At such a young age, Steven had already overcome more than many do in a lifetime. Born with a catalogue of health problems and diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three, he had battled to stay healthy and had won the hearts of many for his bravery and enthusiasm for life.

The driver, 20 year old Ross Telfer, had been speeding at 53mph in a 30mph limit when he hit Steven. In August 2010 he admitted causing death by careless driving. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Violet Atkinson, Steven's mother, says: "After everything Steven went through, I am so proud of him. He never looked at his health as a problem and lived every day to the full. No words can describe the grief our family has gone through since his death. There's a piece of us missing and there's no way to escape that. My son is gone. I will never see him again, and it will never get easier. I don't want another mother to experience the pain of seeing her child die. People need to wake up to the consequences of driving irresponsibly. During this year's Road Safety Week, I'm asking everyone to look out for each other on the road, and in particular for drivers to slow down to 20mph in communities, look twice and take it slow at junctions and bends, and give pedestrians and cyclists plenty of room."

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