Be­reaved dad hails ‘strength’ of Har­low’s fam­ily

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES -

A BE­REAVED fa­ther has hailed the “in­cred­i­ble strength” be­ing shown by the fam­ily of tragic Tay­side tod­dler Har­low Ed­wards.

Andrew Sned­don, 41, from Glen­rothes, said it was ex­tremely brave of Sara and Steven Ed­wards to share the fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence in a bid to help save the lives of oth­ers.

Mrs Ed­wards spoke at the an­nual Safe Drive Stay Alive pro­gramme in For­far and pupils were re­duced to tears as she de­liv­ered a be­reaved par­ent’s per­spec­tive.

Mr Sned­don’s five-year-old son Ross was killed in Glen­rothes in 2004 by a job­less hit-and-run driver who was high on a cock­tail of drink and drugs.

He said: “They are just at the start of their jour­ney and I’m 14 years down the road.

“I know what’s ahead for them, but they have shown in­cred­i­ble strength by do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive to try to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about safe driv­ing. It’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant that we have voices such as Sara’s at events like this and I will sup­port them in any way I can.”

Mr Sned­don has been a key speaker at Safe Drive Stay Alive road­shows since the ac­ci­dent and has spo­ken to thou­sands of young peo­ple who are about to start driv­ing.

Tex­ting driver Luke Pirie, from For­far, was trav­el­ling at 50mph through a 30mph zone in Coupar An­gus when he at­tempted to over­take a line of cars, lost con­trol and mounted a pave­ment, hit­ting twoyear-old Har­low, her older sis­ter Dionne and a sixyear-old boy. He was jailed for six years af­ter ad­mit­ting driv­ing dan­ger­ously.

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