Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brave Fightback Following Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brave Fightback Following Tragedy

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The grieving mother of hit-and-run victim Rebecca Sawyer has nominated her close ones for our Family of the Year award.

Sharon Sawyer wrote to the Chronicle to put forward her husband Steven, two-year-old daughter Kirsty and late daughter Rebecca after a tragic car smash on New Year's Eve.

Six-year-old Rebecca was killed by hit-and-run driver Ian Carr when he sped through a red light and struck the car she was in. The family was devastated by the death of their daughter and have since campaigned for tougher penalties for drivers like Carr.

In her heartfelt letter, Mrs Sawyer wrote: "Despite being in a fatal car crash resulting in Rebecca's death, Steven and Kirsty have shown great determination to overcome their own injuries, especially baby Kirsty who nearly died too.

"Steven has shown tremendous strength in dealing with courts and the media while trying to grieve for his little girl and will his baby back to life.

"He has done this in a very dignified way and I'm very proud of him. …

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