A drink-driver killed Frank Martell - now his fam­ily have a mes­sage for all mo­torists

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By DAVE OWEN news­[email protected]­ting­ham­post.com

THE fam­ily of a young engi­neer killed by a driver more than twice over the limit have told how their lives were “ripped apart” by his death.

Frank Martell died in April 2017 when the Ford Fo­cus he was driv­ing was hit by an­other car near his home in Ne­wark. He was 21 years old.

The other driver, Joseph Tame, 23, of Wal­nut Pad­dock, Mel­ton, was two-anda-half times over the drink-drive limit.

He was jailed for six years at Not­ting­ham Crown Court in June this year, af­ter ad­mit­ting caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. He was also banned from driv­ing for eight years.

Frank’s fam­ily face an­other bleak Christ­mas with­out him, but bravely say they don’t want any­one else to go through what they have had to.

His sis­ter, Kirsty Martell, 32, de­scribed how their lives have been “ripped apart” over Tame’s ac­tions and said that Frank’s death was avoid­able.

She said: “It’s ab­so­lutely ripped us apart. We are ru­ined by it, es­pe­cially given that there’s no sort of logic to it. It makes it re­ally dif­fi­cult to get your head around. There’s no rea­son for Frank to have died that night.”

Kirsty is­sued a plea to any­one think­ing of driv­ing af­ter drink­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

“I feel like even if peo­ple know the con­se­quences, they still wouldn’t think it would hap­pen to them,” she said.

“It’s typ­i­cal of these young lads - they think they can do these things and that it would never hap­pen to them.”

She added: “I would say just don’t do it. It’s not worth it, even if you feel OK to drive, it’s just not worth it.”

Kirsty said that last Christ­mas, the Martells’ first with­out Frank - a fork­lift engi­neer for TBS Fork­lifts in Not­ting­ham - was hard.

“It was re­ally dif­fi­cult, no one wanted to do any­thing,” she said.

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Tom Thomp­son said: “Driv­ing while im­paired, whether through drink or drugs, dev­as­tates lives. Sadly, each year drink and drugs are a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor in death and se­ri­ous in­jury on the UK’S roads.”

Any­one who sees some­one who ap­pears to be on drink or drugs get into a ve­hi­cle to drive away is urged to make a note of the reg­is­tra­tion plate and the di­rec­tion of travel and call po­lice on 101.

Hannah Goodrum, the girl­friend of Frank Martell, with Frank’s mum Kathryn. Be­low, Frank with his dad Andy.

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