Fam­i­lies tell of their pain in trib­utes to crash vic­tims

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THE fam­i­lies of Anne Kerr and Joe Cairns have told of their pain af­ter the dis­tracted lorry driver who killed them was locked up.

Teach­ing as­sis­tant Anne, from South­port, and 14-year-old pupil Joe were trav­el­ling to Ormk­sirk’s Pontville School on Jan­uary 8 last year when James Ma­jury’s lorry ploughed into the minibus car­ry­ing them.

Ma­jury, 33, had been us­ing his phone through­out al­most his en­tire jour­ney and re­acted just half a sec­ond be­fore the col­li­sion with the minibus which was wait­ing in queu­ing traf­fic.

Five oth­ers; the driver of the minibus and three teenage pas­sen­gers, as well as the driver of a Ford Tran­sit van, all suf­fered mul­ti­ple se­ri­ous in­juries in the seven-car col­li­sion which hap­pened on the M58 close to junc­tion 3 at Bick­er­staffe.

In a trib­ute re­leased af­ter Ma­jury was sen­tenced on Fri­day, Joe’s mum, Steph, said: “Joe re­ally liked go­ing to school with Anne. Ev­ery day he liked to take with him a pug teddy, and his big red blan­ket and sit on the back seat. I al­ways used to stand and wave him off and tell him I loved him.

“I miss my lit­tle boy ev­ery minute of ev­ery day. I feel use­less now he’s not here any­more be­cause he was my world. I al­ways thought he needed me be­cause of his spe­cial needs but it turned out I needed him way more.

“It’s ripped me apart and the only thing that keeps me go­ing are my three other beau­ti­ful chil­dren.

“I cry ev­ery day think­ing about Joe. He’s con­stantly on my mind, I miss his hu­mour and his com­pany. I think about him laugh­ing be­cause it was so in­fec­tious and made me smile, he made every­body smile. He was our hero.”

Mum-of-two Anne ac­com­pa­nied Joe on his jour­ney to school each morn­ing. Her hus­band, Si­mon, said: “Dur­ing Anne’s work­ing day we would keep in reg­u­lar con­tact with text mes­sages and when I didn’t hear back from her on that morn­ing, I knew in the back of my mind that some­thing was wrong.

“We shared that con­nec­tion that peo­ple who love each other have, call it in­stinct or some­thing, it’s hard to ex­plain. But I just knew some­thing was very wrong.

“Anne was my rock. The empti­ness I, and our two sons, feel around the house is over­whelm­ing. All our plans for the fu­ture and our re­tire­ment were taken away on that cold Jan­uary morn­ing on the M58.

“I wake some nights and it takes me a few sec­onds to re­alise why Anne is a not ly­ing next to me, in those sec­onds I hope that her death was just a night­mare.

“Anne was a young 50 and in good health. She should have had many years ahead of her.”

Ma­jury was given a sen­tence of eight years and 10 months for two death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing of­fences and five counts of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

He was also banned from driv­ing for six years af­ter his re­lease.

Joe Cairns with mum Steph and, right, Anne Kerr

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