Widow: ‘No sentence can ever match my loss’

Loosegate Road, Moulton Seas End, where cyclist David Hall died after being hit by a car driven by Joseph Strong who was handed a suspended prison sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.
Loosegate Road, Moulton Seas End, where cyclist David Hall died after being hit by a car driven by Joseph Strong who was handed a suspended prison sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.
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The family of a Moulton Seas End cyclist killed in a road crash last year have spoken for the first time of their loss.

Grandfather-of-five David Hall (58) had been cycling from work at the BT Exchange in Moulton and was just minutes from his home when he was involved in a collision with a Chevrolet driven by Joseph Strong.

The grandfather of five suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

Speaking following Strong’s driving ban and suspended jail sentence, Mr Hall’s widow Vera said: “No sentence handed down by the courts can ever match the loss that our entire family has suffered.

“Although I feel no hatred towards the defendant, I hope that he has had time to reflect on the terrible consequences that his actions have had on our family.

“David cycled that journey every day and knew the route well. He only needed to ride just a few yards more and he would have turned off the B1357 and onto a traffic-free farm track.

“He almost made it home safely and it’s this fact that is so hard to come to terms with.”

Vera (57), a health care worker at Boston Pilgrim Hospital, had been married to David for 37 years: “We met when I was just 18-years-old and we were both living in Barking.

“David had worked for BT most of his life and he transferred when we moved up to Lincolnshire around ten years ago. We had been planning ahead and wanted to enjoy our retirement here.

“We had so many plans for the future but that has now been taken away from me. Nothing will fill the hole in my life left by his death.

“My two sons, Anthony and Andrew, their wives and our five grandchildren all miss him so much. Andrew in particular has found it extremely hard to cope. He suffers from severe dyslexia and always turned to David for help with day to day tasks such as filling out forms, which he found difficult because of his condition.”

Mr Hall’s twin brother, Terry, who was also present at the court hearing, said: “Today’s case is one more hurdle that the family has had to face since David was killed and the outcome does nothing to ease the pain of losing such a lovely man in such a horrifying way. 

“The whole family are finding it terribly hard to come to terms with what has happened. Vera and her sons have been devastated and face an uncertain future without their beloved David to love and care for them.

“Losing my twin brother, just three days before our 59th birthday, was extremely difficult to deal with. We’d always been close and had been talking about how we were going to celebrate our joint 60th birthday with a big family get together.

“Sadly this, together with so many other plans he had for the future, were destroyed that day.”

Tony Hannington, a partner with Lime Solicitors, who is representing the family, said: “David’s death was tragic, untimely and totally avoidable.

“As with so many road traffic collisions, careless driving and a total disregard for the safety of other road users, were responsible for David’s death.

“Although nothing will turn back the clock, now that criminal proceedings are concluded, we will be seeking to provide some degree of financial security for those he left behind by launching a separate civil action.

“The country lane where the collision occurred has long been recognised as a ‘cut through’ used by many motorists taking a short cut to Spalding and Boston. We understand that, following Mr Hall’s death, the speed limit on this section of road where the collision occurred has been reduced to 50mph and has been further dropped to 40mph on the approach to the village.

“Whilst for his family the move has come too late to avert their own tragedy, they do hope that the introduction of tougher speed limits on this road will make other motorists think very carefully and might save another family from suffering the heartache of losing a loved one in a fatal road traffic collision.”