Gary Williams, 49, from Pontypridd, was crossing the road on 13 December 2013 when he was hit and killed by a car.
Gary was on his way to the bank, walking across a pelican crossing near the junction of Penuel Lane and Library Road in Pontypridd at around noon, when driver John James, 86, hit him. Gary was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, where he died shortly after the collision. James received a one year driving ban, 56 day electronic tag and court fines.
Gary was a well-loved father, grandfather and husband of 28 years. He was a qualified mechanic, avid mountain biker and keen Cardiff Blues fan, who spent his weeks working hard in the garage and his weekends with his beloved wife and granddaughters.
Gary's wife Jane Williams says: "Since Gary was killed, everything in my life has changed. I struggle to sleep, as I have been used to Gary by my side for 28 years. My daughter and son-in law have left their home to move in with me, to give me the support I need – without them I wouldn't know what to do. Gary and I had our whole lives ahead of us; all our children had grown up and we were starting to plan exciting things to do in the future. I realise now how much I relied on Gary; he was my rock, and not only my husband but my best friend. I want to remind people that when you get behind the wheel, you are responsible for that vehicle, for looking out for vulnerable road users, and ultimately for keeping control of what can be a killing machine."
Photo: Gary with his wife, Jane.