Somerset

Amy Hofmeister road safety campaign rolled out

  • 15 April 2014
  • From the section Somerset
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Image caption Amy Hofmeister, 13, was hit by a car being driven dangerously

The mother of a 13-year-old girl killed by a car while riding her bicycle is widening her road safety campaign.

Amy Hofmeister died in 2011 after being hit by a car being driven dangerously through Taunton, Somerset.

Now her mother's efforts to improve road safety have been given charity status and she plans to share her story nationwide.

Jane Hofmeister said becoming a charity was "the next natural level" after years of self-funded campaigning.

"It's no longer just me," she said. "We now have a board of seven trustees and it is a team who can run forward with different skills in different areas.

"We can put together an education and training programme - alongside Somerset Road Safety Partnership - and I would like to take that programme to schools and colleges."

Following the death of Amy, two people were jailed for racing their cars at more than twice the 30mph speed limit.

Leonard Jones, whose car overturned and mounted the pavement, was sentenced to seven years and his ex-girlfriend Leanne Burnell received a three-and-a-half-year sentence.

Mrs Hofmeister launched the Think Amy campaign to support people affected by road collision tragedies as well as helping promote improved road safety.

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