Tragic broth­ers face of road safety cam­paign

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YARWOOD [email protected] @MENnews­desk

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

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