A MAN killed by a speeding driver had campaigned for restrictions on the road where he was knocked down.
John Holmes was tragically killed on Bradford Road in Brighouse last July after a Kirkheaton man broke the speed limit and hit him.
Eleazer Lawrence, of Maple Close, Kirkheaton, was driving at double the 30mph speed limit at the time.
Now Mr Holmes’ family have revealed how he fought for speed restrictions on the road.
He was also a dedicated carer to his wife, Maureen, who has dementia.
Janet Bilbie, step-daughter of John said: “He was an active campaigner to get speed restrictions in place on Bradford Road where he lived and where he was knocked down.
“John worked hard all his life and once he retired he became my mum’s full time carer after she became ill with dementia. John said that he would care for her at home until the day he died, which he did.
“John was very caring towards animals, adopting both his dogs, Jack and Benji, from the RSPCA. The dogs were with John when the crash happened and Jack also died in the collision.
“My mum is now in residential care and it is blessing she does not understand what’s happened because of her mental state. They were married for 40-years and she would have been heartbroken if she knew how he died.
“His family and friends will all miss John a great deal.
“This week’s sentencing does bring a little comfort to know that the person responsible for John’s death has been jailed, but nothing will ever bring him back.”
Bradford Crown Court heard on Monday that Lawrence was driving at twice the legal 30mph speed limit on the sunny afternoon in July.
Mr Holmes had almost reached a pedestrian refuge when he was hit. He died of multiple injuries.
Lawrence, who had been to a nearby fast food restaurant with his girlfriend and two children, slammed on his brakes after seeing Mr Holmes step into the road.
But the court heard that his vehicle skidded for nearly 60 metres before striking the pensioner.
Prosecutor John Bull told the court that an investigator had concluded that had Lawrence been driving at 54mph or less the collision could have been avoided.
Almost a year before the fatal accident Lawrence had penalty points put on his licence for exceeding a 50mph speed limit.
Lawrence pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was jailed for 21 months. He was also banned from driving for two-and-a-half years.