Tragic brothers face of road safety campaign
THE faces of two young brothers from Trafford killed by a drunk footballer will appear on posters in clubs, pubs and bars this Christmas - as a warning to anyone thinking about getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
Ben Peak, eight and sibling Arron, 10, died at the scene of the horror smash on the M6 in Staffordshire in 2008. Their father Phil was left with serious spinal injuries.
The family had been on their way from their home in Partington to Silverstone on a day out when Luke McCormick’s Range Rover crashed into the back of their people carrier, forcing it down an enbankment.
The former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper had been at a wedding drinking beer and sambuca and had had just two hours’ sleep when he got behind the wheel of his 4x4.
McCormick - who now plays for Swindon Town - was more than twice the drink-drive limit and jailed for seven years and four months.
Over Christmas and New Year, Ben and
Arron will be the face of an anti-drink and drug driving campaign by Derbyshire police, road safety charity Brake, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service. The posters will appear in licensed premises, with the aim of driving home the message of the dangers of drink and drug-driving.
Chief Insp Jim Thompson, who leads the roads policing and collision investigation unit at Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “The family and friends of Arron and Ben are tragically all too aware of the fatal consequences of drink-driving.”
Arron and Ben Peak in the road safety poster