FOR TASH: Brother's marathon effort to support road safety campaign

FOR TASH: Brother's marathon effort to support road safety campaign

NOT FORGOTTEN: Left, Gunner Adam Dennehy with Gunner Ashley Samways


First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

THE brother of a teenage girl killed in a high-speed crash is campaigning to prevent other families suffering similar heartache.

Tash Samways, 17, from Bridport, died at the scene of the accident on the B3157 Weymouth to Bridport coast road at Langton Herring on January 20, 2011.

Her brother Ashley, and his best friend Adam Dennehy, are now supporting the road safety charity Brake to raise awareness of dangerous driving and its devastating consequences.

The family is still struggling to cope with the popular teenager’s death but Ashley believes it is now time to mark her memory by some pro-active campaigning.

The driver James Griffiths, who was 22 at the time of the crash, was jailed for four and a half years for causing death by dangerous driving. Tash’s stepmother Lillian Sweet said she and Tash’s father Colin were very proud of Ashley and Adam.

She said: “It is a nice way to remember Tash and we are 100 per cent behind them. But we are still struggling.”

Ashley and Adam, both gunners in the Dragons troop 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, stationed at Catterick, want to raise £6,500 for Brake by running in next year’s London marathon. The charity campaigns for all aspects of road safety, as well as drink driving and supporting the families and victims suffering in the aftermath of a road crash.

Ashley said: “One of Adam’s mates got run over by a drink driver and that ended his career so that is part of his motivation too.”

Adam said: “Ashley’s sister was tragically killed in a car accident.

“This is another sad case where the loss of an innocent life could have been saved. We want to help combat and promote against dangerous driving and raise money for Brake so they can continue to promote our cause.”

Ashley added: “It was such a bad thing but so many good things have come from it in a way.

“I have become able to talk to more people and get to know more people through it.”

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