THEY were robbed of the chance to celebrate with him.
Instead, Adam O’Toole’s loved ones marked what would have been his 19th birthday by staging a poignant demonstration at the spot where his life was tragically cut short.
Mum Beverley O’Toole, girlfriend Laura Davidson and friends of Adam’s from Huddersfield New College gathered at the pedestrian crossing on New Hey Road, Salendine Nook.
It was there that Adam was killed by a hit and run driver on March 6.
His killer remains at large.
The group wore T-shirts and held posters displaying the 30mph sign – the speed limit in force on that stretch of New Hey Road.
And they walked across the crossing 19 times.
Laura said: “We wanted to do this, firstly, to remember Adam. Secondly, we want to stop this happening again.
“People have to realise they need to slow down.
“I don’t want anyone else to go through the pain that I have been through in the last four months.
“Statistics show that if you hit someone at 30mph they are more than likely to survive.
“The person who hit Adam must have been going a lot faster – the doctors said he was fit and healthy and the injuries he sustained couldn’t have been done by a car travelling at 30.”
Beverley said: “It would have been the last of his teenage years, but instead his life was taken away.
“It’s such a busy road and we wanted to make people aware that they need to be careful.
“There have been several near misses since Adam’s accident and someone else is going to get killed if people don’t get the message.”
The group, who got some noisy support from passing motorists, were due to go for a birthday meal at Adam’s favourite restaurant Grappolo in Lockwood Friends also drank bottles of Budweiser, his favourite beer, on a night out last night.
Police are still hunting the man who left Adam for dead in the incident, which happened about 10.30am.
He is white, in his 20s, with a thin face, prominent nose and long, dark brown, unkempt hair and was believed to be driving a blue Rover car.