Campaign reaches milestone mark

Jade Pickering (left) and Tia Guye (right)
Jade Pickering (left) and Tia Guye (right)

A campaign in memory of two Chorley teenagers who died in a car crash has been backed by 25,000 signatures of support.

16-year-olds Jade Pickering and Tia Guye, who both lived on Eaves Lane, Chorley, and were students at Leyland’s Runshaw College, died when the Ford Focus they were travelling in smashed into a coach on the A6 Blackrod bypass in September, 2009.

The driver, 20-year-old Jordan Clayton, received a sentence of 150 hours’ community service after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to causing death by careless driving.

Their devastated families launched a petition to change sentencing laws so anyone convicted of causing a death on the roads is automatically handed a prison sentence.

They are now set to receive 25,000 signatures supporting the move after a massive campaign helped by family and friends.

This has included groups of people taking up posts in Chorley and Preston to lobby shoppers for their support.

Jade’s mum Nicky, who is spearheading the campaign, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by messages of support from all over the country. “The campaign has really taken off online and on a trip to Preston city centre last weekend we got another 1,000 signatures of support.

“If all of the sheets that we have handed out to people come back full then that will reach 25,000.

“We can’t quite believe it. It has been going so well, but we still need all the support we get.”

They are hoping to gather 100,000 signatures supporting the move before hand-delivering it in London in a hope to get the law passed.

Nicky said the group are planning a trip to Blackpool on June 24 to gather more support.

Jordan Clayton was unanimously cleared by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving after a trial at Bolton Crown Court.

He was sentenced to causing death by careless driving, to which he admitted.