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Grieving mum meets the man who caused fatal crash

Grieving mum meets the man who caused fatal crash

Published by Emma Carton at 7:44am 21st November 2019. (Updated at 8:54am 21st November 2019)

A grieving woman from Devon has met the driver responsible for the crash that claimed her son's life.

17-year-old Will died when the vehicle he was travelling in came off the road and hit a tree, just a week before Christmas.

His friend, who was at the wheel at the time, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Now three years on, mum Jane says Cornwall and Devon's restorative justice system helped her move forward.

"That was the moment that my whole world shattered".

Jane's Story

Apprentice carpenter Will Ure died when the car he was a passenger in came off the road in East Devon.

The teenager's mate was at the wheel when the vehicle hit a tree on the A3052, just a week before Christmas.

His friend admitted causing death by dangerous driving after the collision in 2016.

Mum Jane Ure, from Uplyme, has met the driver to help her cope with the devastating loss.

The meeting happened through the Restorative Justice System, that is offered across Cornwall and Devon.

"To hear his heartfelt apology has helped me, in some part, deal with the anger.

"I was away visiting family when my husband phoned to tell me the news that Will had died in a car crash. That was the moment that my whole world shattered".

Jane Ure

You can watch Jane's full interview here...


What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice is available to victims of a range of crimes across Cornwall and Devon.

It is offered through the Make Amends Service.

"What is clear when we do restorative work, is how brave and courageous people are when they volunteer to undertake this type of communication. 

"In sharing a space together, the dialogue helps both people understand each other's experiences and enables questions to be answered. 

"Of course it can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly transformative for them both.

"In order to reduce the impact of crime we have to ensure victims of crime have access to high quality support services.

"Restorative justice is an important part of that offer and I am very pleased that Jane was provided with the support and guidance that she required".

Dr Davina Cull, Make Amends

If you have been a victim of crime and want help and advice on restorative justice, or any number of other services for victims, you can get in touch with the Victim Care Unit online.

You can also call them on 01392 475900. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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