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Connah’s Quay mum gets ready to deliver tougher sentences petition to Westminster

THE grief-stricken family of a teenager killed in a car crash are preparing to hand a petition calling for tougher sentences for careless drivers to the Government.

Mark and Debbie Evans’ lives were destroyed when 18-year-old son Danny died in February.

The promising young athlete had been on his way to Chester for a night out when the car he was a back seat passenger in overturned on Sealand Road.

The driver, 18-year-old Jack Hughes, was convicted of causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 100 hours community service and a 12-month driving ban.

After the sentence Mark and Debbie, who live on Normanby Drive, Connah’s Quay, launched a campaign for tougher punishments for those found guilty of the offence.

A petition they set up has attracted 2,000 signatures and Debbie plans to deliver it to the House of Commons in January.

She said: “It has done really well. We’re planning to give it one last push and then take it to London.

“If we can prevent another family going through what we have been through then it will be worth it.”

Many of the signatures were collected when Debbie visited Deeside College, where Danny was a student.

He had just completed a level two qualification in athletics coaching and wanted to go on to university.

Debbie says the pain of losing Danny, whose funeral was attended by over 700 mourners, has been too much for the family to bear.

She added: “When we went out and first saw Christmas things in the shops, Mark just broke down. He says he had lost his best friend.”

Danny’s older brother Lee, 21 and sister Sophie, 17, have been trying to rebuild their lives over the past few months, but are still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

Mark, who works at Airbus, has just returned to work full-time after receiving counselling.

“Sophie couldn’t face going back to college after what happened so she’s working part-time now,” said Debbie.

“Lee has started a new career and he is doing well, but neither of them wanted to celebrate Christmas at all.”

Anyone who wants to sign the petition can visit ipetitions.com/petition/dannyevanspetition.