Devon

Ashburton service remembers crash victims

Fatal crash
Image caption RoadPeace said six families in the UK are bereaved by crashes every day

A service has been held in a Devon town to remember people who have been killed or injured in road crashes.

The service in Ashburton was part of a worldwide day of remembrance.

The charity RoadPeace said despite rates falling, there were 60 fatalities in Devon and Cornwall in 2008 and many more serious injuries.

The Devon service was organised by Jeff Bake, from Exeter, whose son Ben was killed seven years ago.

"In July 2003, my son Ben was knocked off his bike by a speeding motorist whilst we were on holiday together in Spain," Mr Baker told BBC News.

"He would've been 25 today and I would never have envisaged spending a day like this - on what should have been his 25th birthday.

"It's been a very difficult day - but very necessary."

RoadPeace said around the world road crashes had claimed more than a million lives so far this year, while in the UK an average of six families are bereaved every day.

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