Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
THE mother of a young man killed in a car accident near Harrow in February has issued a heartfelt plea to drivers not to drink and drive.
On Thursday coroner Michael Coghlan handed down his findings into the death of Nathan Pascoe, 23, and Jason East, 21 (see PAGE 3).
Mr Pascoe’s mother, Coral Robertson, has written about coming to terms with the tragedy and made a powerful plea to drivers not to drink and drive.
Mrs Robertson and her husband Duncan returned to Hamilton from Melbourne for both days of the inquest.
“Too much drink and too many hormones resulted in two tragic deaths, totally preventable,” she wrote in her heartfelt plea, published in today’s Spectator.
She said that country life fostered an acceptance or tolerance of drink driving.
“It is an ingrained attitude by young and old, so normal to some that it is not even a fleeting thought, that there is no one around, it’s not far to go, I know the way and it won’t happen to me,” she wrote.
“And usually if they consider it, their thinking is about being booked, not that they could be driving to their death.
“I know it is not everyone, and it is not everywhere, but it is common.”