...look up the term 'safety conscious' and I'm pretty sure you won't see a picture of your son there:
The driver of the Suzuki, builder Donald MacMillan, of Holmfirth, said he had to stop behind a parked car on Hopton Lane to allow other vehicles to come up the hill. He told the inquest the schoolboy was 'pedalling like billy-o' with his head down.
Steve Green, West Yorkshire Police's principal collision investigator, said the brakes on Declan's bike were 'grossly maladjusted' and 'totally ineffective'. He said the rear brake did not work at all and the front only partially.
Consultant pathologist Dr Julian Ostrowski, who carried out the post-mortem, said that even if the schoolboy had been wearing a helmet it would not have prevented the injury.And yet, despite all that, the parents have the unmitigated gall to demand that 'something must be done!'
Mr Newsome, 69, said after the hearing: 'I hope the powers that be see the trauma that we have been through and get something done.'That 'something' being laws to ensure cycles are maintained and helmets work and speed limits adhered to?
No. Don't be silly.
The Castle Hall Academy pupil's devastated parents Kenneth and Harriet Newsome have called for speed cameras or speed bumps to be installed along Hopton Lane.What possible reason? The only one speeding was your son!
Coroner Roger Whittaker, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, described Declan's death as a terrible tragedy and said no-one was to blame.Except Declan, of course. But this is England, and we never, ever point out the obvious, because to do so would be 'insensitive' or 'cruel'. No, no, we cast about looking for someone else to take the blame and any future responsibility.
Mirfield Conservative councillor Vivien Lees-Hamilton is spearheading a campaign for safety improvements in Hopton Lane in the wake of the accident.
She is also helping the family to organise a campaign to make newsagents aware of their safety responsibilities to paperboys and girls.Because it's the responsibility of the newsagents to check bikes now?
Enough of this horseshit! Let's start placing blame where it truly lies, shall we? No matter how upsetting.