People gathered for a candle-light vigil in Taunton last night, 15 June 2016, to remember Amy Hofmeister who was killed in 2011 whilst riding her bike.
Amy was just 13 years-old when she was knocked off her bike by two drivers who were racing each other after they had been drinking. She was riding on the pavement, and one of the drivers lost control of the car at high-speed and mounted the kerb. Amy was killed instantly.
Representatives from Police, Ambulance and Fire joined with Amy’s mother, Jane, the Mayor of Taunton, Vivienne Stock-Williams and many friends, family and supporters of the Think Amy charity to remember her and others who are killed on Britain’s roads every year.
Jane thanked everyone for coming in a moving speech. She said; “Thank you for coming tonight to remember Amy. Approximately 1800 people die on the roads in this country ever year and a vast proportion of those deaths are due to driver error and people not driving sensibly.
“Think Amy has been set up to help educate people and encourage them to drive safely and responsibly. We can’t bring her back, but maybe we can help prevent further unnecessary deaths on the road.
“I want to thank all the emergency services for being here today. They did a fantastic job five years ago, and they work their hardest to protect and keep us safe on the roads.”
Flowers and candles were laid at the spot on Blackbrook Way where Amy died, and a minute’s silence was held at 7.30pm.
Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou, who is part of the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit, said: “We were there to support Jane, remember Amy and to help spread the important road safety messages that the Think Amy campaign promotes.
“Last week we launched our latest road safety campaign, See Me, which encourages all road users to drive sensibly by not only seeing the motorbike, cyclist, pedestrian or other driver – but seeing the person they are. This is to encourage people to drive sensibly – not to speed, not to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, not to use mobile phones whilst driving and to be alert.
“The worst part of any Road Policing Officer’s job is to deliver the kind of news that Jane had to hear five years ago. It never gets any easier. Please drive sensibly.”