THE distraught mum of a popular Hillfield barman who died in a hit-and-run incident has made a heartfelt plea for drivers to slow down.
Angela Collard, aged 59, is pleading with motorists to keep to the speed limit after her 24-year-old son Adam was struck by a car as he got out of a taxi near the junction of Sheaf Lane and Horse Shoes Lane, in Sheldon, last August 30.
Darren Daniels, 38, was jailed for three years, nine months at Birmingham Crown Court last Wednesday, after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.
Angela said: “Drivers need to slow down. Speeding ruins lives. I have been along that road late at night and have seen cars speeding.
“I can’t even say there needs to be more speeding restrictions along there because I think they have done all they can. It is about changing the attitude of drivers.”
Commenting on Daniels’ sentence, Angela, of Shelsley Way, added: “There are no winners or losers. I think the sentence was enough to send a message to drivers.”
Angela has also raised concerns at cuts made to West Midlands traffic police - 17 per cent of traffic officers were lost between 2008 and 2011.
“I just worry what will happen on our roads if these cuts continue,” she said.
“My personal liaison officer was brilliant and I don’t know how I would have coped without their support. It’s a vital service.”
Paying tribute to her son, Angela said: “Adam was a popular lad.
“This incident has passed me a life sentence - a life without my beautiful, much-loved son.”
Daniels failed to stop at the scene of the collision, but his car was found abandoned five-miles away in Wolseley Close, Smith’s Wood - not far from his home. He also admitted perverting the course of justice.