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Commemorative Car Meet Aims To Raise Awareness Of Road Safety

Event In Memory Of Trafford Park Crash Victim Sophie Smith

31.05.2019

Emma Bolton, Press Officer | +44 (0)114 294 7843

The family of a young woman who was killed after being hit by a car at Trafford Park are hosting a special event this weekend in her memory.

The ‘Stay Static For Sophie’ car meet is being held at the City Airport and Heliport in Manchester on Sunday, 2 June, in an aim to raise road safety awareness following the death of 19-year-old Sophie Louise Smith who was hit by a BMW that collided with a group of pedestrians on Europa Way on 31 May last year.

An inquest into the incident took place recently, and Sophie’s family, who were supported by serious injury lawyer Matthew Garson of Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, are hoping lessons can be learned to prevent further families from suffering in the way they have.

Sophie’s step-father Harish Patel and her cousin Sarah Van Der Merwe said: “The meet is to commemorate Sophie who was tragically taken from us a year ago.  With Sophie having been a static car enthusiast, we wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness about road safety and ensure further car meets in the area remain safe for everyone to enjoy.

“We are really grateful that the local council and police force are also in full support of the event.”

They added: “In honour of Sophie, her Renault Clio has been transformed – in just 17 days – into the car she had always dreamed of.  We were bowled over with help and support from local companies in carrying this out.  Michael Rooney of WrapxUK externally wrapped the car and Vehicle Wrapping Manchester let him use their premises, Jason Gallery of Platinum Customz & Window Tinting tinted the windows, Ste Jewell of Halfords Bolton fitted new headlights, and Sophie’s boyfriend Jordan Chidgey and friends also helped.  Sophie’s car will be on display at the event.”

Inspector Burrill from Greater Manchester Police said: “I am delighted that both the police and the fire service have been invited to promote road safety at this commemorative event.

“We are working closely with Sophie’s family to raise awareness of road safety and prevent such a tragic incident being repeated.  Greater Manchester Police fully support genuine car enthusiasts and support their right to meet and socialise in appropriate places, as long as this is done in a safe and responsible way.  We are keen to educate anyone who drives in a dangerous and anti-social manner, and make them more aware of the consequences of engaging in such driving.”

Expert Opinion
“Road safety is such an important subject and Sophie’s family are hoping that holding this event in memory of her will raise awareness and prevent another family from suffering the loss that they have.

Sadly I often see the devastating impacts of careless driving in my work and I am proud to be supporting Sophie’s family in getting the message of road safety across to others.”
Matthew Garson, Senior Associate Solicitor

The car meet will run from 4pm to 9pm on Sunday.

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