Brother of schoolgirl killed by drink driver on A46 ten years ago to tackle obstacle course for charity
"ALTHOUGH it has been 10 years, some days are still very tough."
The words of Kyle Young, whose sister Kayla was killed, aged 13, along with her friend, Amy Jones, by a drink driver on the A46.
Nearly 10 years on, and Kyle, 25, is now planning to tackle a 13-mile obstacle course to raise money in her memory for road safety charity Brake, which helped his family through the tragedy.
He is taking part in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend just one week before the tenth anniversary of his little sister's death.
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The girls were hit by James Hill's car on May 18, 2003. He was almost three times over the drink-drive limit while racing against another driver, David Priestley. Hill was jailed for eight years for causing their deaths, as well as 12 months for perverting the course of justice, and banned from driving for five years.
Kyle said: "Kayla would think I was a complete idiot. She would probably know I would rather be sitting at home with a pint in my hand, but I know she would also be happy that I am raising money in her name.
"Although it has been ten years, some days are still very tough. There are days I feel bad that I haven't thought about her and then she will suddenly pop into my head.
"Now it is coming up to ten years, it seems the best time to do something for the charity that helped us. It will make me feel not only proud but glad I have done something good for her."
His challenge is on May 11 on the largest assault course in the world within the grounds of England's finest Elizabethan Country Estate. Alongside him will be fellow Healing school friends Kyle Suddaby, 24, Adam Howard, 24, Jason Sadler, 23, and Rick Armstrong, 25, who helped Kyle grieve for his sister.
Kyle, a trainee accountant at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, said: "They are some of my closest friends and they were all there for me at the time."
As well as family and friends, Brake were also there to help the family through the "unthinkable" tragedy.
They put her mother, Chrissie, in touch with someone to talk to and sent memory books to help Kayla's brothers and sisters remember her.
These brought immense comfort to Chrissie, who has eight other children aged four to 25 years, including Kyle.
She said: "I am really proud of what Kyle is doing and I am so glad his friends are doing it with him. It is nice to know people still care. It can feel that time moves on and people don't think about her but this shows they do and that helps us.
"Brake put me in touch with a lady to speak to. When I rang her up I just sobbed to her.
"My younger children don't remember Kayla, which I find hard, but the books Brake gave us really help.
"We talk about Kayla all the time. I know in some families if someone dies their name can become like a dirty word and they are never mentioned, but she was such a big part of our family. She left a huge mark. She was so loving, always hugging people, she was bolshy just like me, and she will never be forgotten."
Since October 2009, when speed cameras were introduced on the bypass, there has been an 80 per cent reduction in casualties.
Barry Gardner, casualty reduction officer for Humberside Police, said from January 2007 to October 2009 there were 35 collisions with 74 casualties, compared to the period from October 2009 to December 2012 when there were 10 collisions and 12 casualties.
"It's fair to say that there has been a massive reduction in the number of casualties on the A46 since the speed cameras were introduced," he said.
"Some of this is due to the engineering works that took place but the majority is down to the speed cameras."
Councillor Dave Marshall, vice-chair of Laceby Parish Council, said the changes to the bypass have been a "tremendous" success, adding: "There is no doubt that speed kills and since the changes were made lives have been saved.
"You no longer hear the sound of ambulances on the bypass and it has totally changed life in the village."
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