PARENTS fighting to discover how two teenagers died in Huddersfield have launched a campaign.
The parents of Jade Rice and Daniel Atkinson have also arranged a face-to-face meeting with Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer, in a bid to get justice for their children.
They are angry and upset that despite a coroner ruling that the teenage pair were unlawfully killed, no-one has been brought to justice.
The 17-year-olds were killed when a car being driven by care worker Mohammed Tanwir hit a tree and a lamp-post at 80mph in a 40mph zone on Bradley Road, Bradley on January 29, 2006.
Shipley man Mr Tanwir was employed as a ‘sleep-in’ worker at the home on Sherwood Avenue in Bradley where the youngsters had been staying.
A dangerous driving charge against Mr Tanwir was dropped in November the same year, due to insufficient evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Later a coroner’s verdict said the teenagers were “unlawfully killed”, which gave the family new hope of court action.
But their hopes were shattered when the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, ruled that she would not refer the case back to court.
Now Elaine Noble, Jade’s mum, her husband Barry and David’s mum Linda Adams are heading for London.
Their barrister Naeem Siraj, has arranged a meeting with Mr Starmer on April 16.
The families believe it is one of their last hopes of getting the case into a court.
To help their cause, they have set up an online petition to try and convince the authorities that it would be in the public interest to bring the case into court.
Mrs Noble said: “We have set up the petition asking for justice for Jade and for Daniel.
“We believe we can get the public behind us on this.
“The DPP said earlier that it was not felt that pursuing the case was in the public interests but we intend to show he was wrong. It has ruined our lives and I don’t want to think other parents may have to go through what we have suffered.
“How can it not be in the public interest when two teenagers are dead, killed in a crash in the early hours of a morning when they were meant to be in care?
“We are not out for revenge; nothing will bring Jade or Daniel back. I don’t care what happens to the man who was driving the car, I have no hatred towards him, but I do want why my daughter was in a car driven by a care worker at that time of night.
“The coroner was sufficiently concerned to come up with a verdict of unlawful killing so I am hoping that we can convince the DPP to bring this case into a court.”
The families’ petition is on www.ipetitions.com/petition/jade1988