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