Road Crash Victims Remembered

A virtual service to remember those who have died or been injured on our roads will be held in Liverpool this weekend on Sunday November 15, at 2pm.

RoadPeace NorthWest has organised the remembrance as part of the charity’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and invites all those who have been bereaved or injured through road crashes, together with those you support them, to join the remembrance.

It takes place this Sunday, and will be available to watch here on YouTube. The service usually takes place in the Concert Room of St George’s Hall followed by the release of five doves at the memorial to road crash victims in neighbouring St John’s Gardens, to mark the five people who are killed each day on our country’s roads. Due to the restrictions following the pandemic, we cannot join together for the remembrance but we still remember them always.

Pauline Fielding, from Liverpool, organises the annual event for RoadPeace, where she turned to for support after her son Andrew was killed in 1994 at the age of just 18, in a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene and who was never traced.

She is now a trustee of the charity and says the service, which will be led by the Rector of Liverpool, Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, is a poignant way for people to pay tribute as well as raising awareness of how dangerous driving costs lives.

Pauline said: “We invite all those who have been bereaved or injured in road crashes, together with those who support us, to join us for this event. In every death there are so many people affected and this service offers the families and friends of those who have died or been injured the opportunity to remember their loved ones.

“It is also a chance for us to give thanks to the emergency services for their support and to highlight this unacceptable death toll and reflect on what can be done to prevent further tragedies.”

The High Sheriff, John Roberts, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Anna Rothery and Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable, Rob Carden, will take part in the event.

During the service’s act of remembrance, photographs and tributes of loved ones will be shown and Chris Boardman and bereaved members of RoadPeace NW will reflect on the loss of their loved ones.

The video has been produced with the support of Liverpool Parish Church and is kindly sponsored by the RoadPeace NW Legal Panel members, Birchall Blackburn Law, Carpenters Solicitors and Oliver and Co Solicitors.

The event in Liverpool is one of many taking place across the globe as part of RoadPeace’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It was first introduced by RoadPeace in 1995 and quickly spread to other European countries before being adopted as a worldwide remembrance by the United Nations in 2005, the year in which Liverpool City Council provided the memorial to road crash victims in St John’s Gardens, sculpted by Tom Murphy.