‘If I can save one life, it’s been worth it’: Grieving mother wins her five-year battle to make the road where 90mph boy racers killed her daughter safer
A mother has won a five-year battle for speed cameras on the road where her daughter was killed in a horror crash with a boy racer.
Kelly Kennedy, 25, was killed instantly in the head-on smash as she came across two young drivers racing side-by-side at up to 90mph.
Her mother Tracy, 54, launched a road safety campaign after Kelly died in 2016.
She has now been told speed cameras will be installed on the A4067 and the limit will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph around the crash scene near Pontardawe, South Wales.
Mrs Kennedy, of nearby Clydach, said: ‘Nothing will bring my beautiful daughter back but if I can save another life and another family from being destroyed then it’s been worth the fight.
‘I’ve begged for five years to have speed cameras put on this stretch of road. There have been so many near-fatal accidents.
‘I was told by a motorcyclist that the road was known as “the 90mph stretch” and a place for people racing in their cars.
‘I feel so relieved knowing that speed cameras are finally going to be put up. It’s been a really hard fight but I did it for my daughter.’
Kelly Kennedy was killed in a crash after coming across two young drivers racing side-by-side at up to 90mph
Grieving mother Tracey Kennedy has won a long-running road safety battle after being told speed cameras will be installed on the A4067 and the speed limit will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph around the crash scene
Kelly Kennedy’s family pictured reading a statement outside Swansea crown court after the sentencing
Ms Kennedy had been driving home from work in her Ford Ka when the fatal crash took place in South Wales
Swansea Crown Court heard that Liam Price and Cory Kedward, both 21 at the time, were racing on the road.
Price was sentenced to six years and four months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.
His Honda car ploughed head-on into carer Miss Kennedy’s Ford Ka, causing a ‘huge impact’.
Kedward, whose car was not involved in the crash, drove off but was later convicted of the same offence following a trial and was jailed for seven years.
Nursery worker Mrs Kennedy said: ‘Our beautiful daughter lost her life because those men had absolutely no regard for life.
The pair of them completely destroyed our family. I lost my only daughter and my best friend that day.
‘Christmas is such a hard time for us because Kelly loved Christmas so much. I always buy her a present. I’ve put up a sparkly mannequin Christmas tree for her. She was so beautiful and elegant and I know she would love it.’
Swansea Crown Court heard that Liam Price (left) and Cory Kedward (right), both 21 at the time, were racing on the road.
She added: ‘I finally have some peace at last knowing those speed cameras and speed limits will stop people racing up that road.
‘Hopefully other parents won’t have to suffer the horrific loss that our family has.’
Price was released from prison earlier this year and allowed to live and work locally.
Mrs Kennedy said at the time: ‘To me, he can just go back to normal life now, but he has ruined our lives. We feel really let down as a family.
‘It makes me feel sick – it is devastating to us.’
Local councillor Paulette Smith backed the speed cameras and limit changes.
She insisted: ‘It’s been desperately needed for quite a number of years. I’m very supportive. It is a dangerous stretch of road.’