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Falmouth estate agent Steve Kimberley’s drink drive campaign in memory of his children

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

  • Lucy and Matthew Kimberley, who were killed when they were hit by a drink driver

  • Falmouth estate agent Steve Kimberley who is urging people not to drink and drive

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A FATHER whose two young children were killed by a drink-driver has launched a safety campaign this Christmas.

Steve Kimberley appealed for people to use common sense and not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking or taking drugs.

His daughter Lucy, 10, son Matthew, 12, and family friend Ben Jewell, 19, were killed in a car crash in 1996.

The driver of the other car, Brian Rabin, from Plymouth, also died and was found to be three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Mr Kimberley was the only survivor.

The dreadful events of that night have lived with him since and he said this year has been particularly painful.

He said: “I can talk about that night now because it can’t hurt me anymore than it already has.

“And if it stops just one person from getting behind the wheel, that’s an absolute result.”

Mr Kimberley, from Helston, is a former president of Cober Valley Rotary Club and also Helston-Lizard Rotary Club.

Until last year he was chairman of Falmouth Football Club and he owns Falmouth estate agency Kimberley’s.

“I think of this as my massive contribution to road safety,” he said.

“You see it all the time and people think they are safe to drink.

“In towns and every village pub you have to drive to, I bet they have locals who know their routes home and think they are safe.

“People also think they can go out and get hammered the night before and be safe to drive in the morning. I always leave it at least 12 hours before I drive again.

“It’s not just drink either. Driving while taking drugs is a serious problem.”

In a message to anyone thinking of driving after a drink, he said: “The horrific events of that summer evening dramatically changed the lives of our families and friends.

“It taught us that life is a gift so precious and fragile and that immortality is the privilege of gods alone which shouldn’t be taken for granted or wasted.

“This year has probably been the hardest for me even 17 years after the accident.

“During the festive season, please can I ask you in the name of Lucy, Matt and Ben, not to drink or take drugs and drive at any time.

“If you can afford to drink, then you can afford a taxi, or better still, nominate or take turns as a designated driver.

“To stay off alcohol won’t kill you, but drinking might.”

On the occasion of his daughter’s birthday in November, he added: “My little daughter Lucy would have been 28 years old this year.

“She was a beautiful, intelligent and funny young lady with such a sunny outlook on life.

“I am so proud to have had the privilege to be her father.”

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  • sherasummer  |  December 22 2013, 9:22PM

    I also went to school with Lucy and Matthew. Lucy and I were always thinking of ways to raise money for WWF and Matthew was my childhood sweetheart that I will never forget. I miss them just as much today as I did back then. That day in assembly was one of the hardest things to go through for us all, so unexpected and far too soon. Two people that could have made a world of difference that never got the chance. I now work as an ambulance driver and it's shocking how many people think they can get away with drink driving, It's never worth it. So please please find another way home and keep safe. Once something like this happens it can't be erased. I miss you both more than words can say. xxx

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  • Missboo85  |  December 21 2013, 10:30PM

    I shall never forget the assembly on the last day of school at Nansloe. Lucy I will always remember you as Glenda in the Wiz that Woz! And Matthew I shall remember chasing you round the field for a kiss ... Lovely memories of you both. You were two beautiful people who were taken in a way that could have been so easily avoidable if people would only think about their actions in life and the overall affects it has especially on the innocent who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! Please I urge anyone to think twice before getting behind the wheel after a drink this Christmas and any other day not only are you putting your life in danger but the lives of others!!! God bless you both x x x

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  • lsp1125  |  December 21 2013, 8:05PM

    These two beautiful people are my cousins. We miss them every day. I would just like to sat that his name is Matthew not micheal as detailed under the picture. They will always be playing in our hearts Xxx

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  • wendymumof5  |  December 20 2013, 7:24PM

    I still remember the day we got the phone call it will always be with me , it was a tragic loss matthew and lucy were wonderful children and I am blessed that I shared part of their life with them, I always think about them and my heart always holds dear memories , my thoughts are with u steve and the rest of the family xxx

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  • josdave  |  December 20 2013, 7:03PM

    Unfortunately there is a hard core of drink drivers who will not take any notice of any campaign as the penalties are too soft. A second conviction should carry a five year ban and a third a ban for life. These should be mandatory to stop the soft judiciary being their usual lenient selves.

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  • AndyTheRoo  |  December 20 2013, 10:22AM

    I went to school with Lucy and we were really good friends. I often think about her and the day after it happened when we were told in assembly. Thank you Steve for doing this campaign. I hope it saves lives and prevents sadness and misery.

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