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'Car cruise' in memory of crash victim

David Wilson with his girlfriend Carla Goodburn. It is the only photograph she has of them together
David Wilson with his girlfriend Carla Goodburn. It is the only photograph she has of them together

A MOVING tribute to a car crash victim has been created by his family and friends to remember his life and remind people to take care on the roads.

More than 100 people, in about 50 cars, took part in a slow procession along the A258, between Dover and Deal, setting out from the Duke of Yorks pub, near Jubilee Way.

Many of the cars had special stickers in the rear windscreen, created in memory of 24-year-old David Wilson.

Poignantly, at the St Margaret’s and Martin Mill junction where David died, the cars slowed to 15mph and beeped their horns as a mark of respect.

The car cruise, as the procession was called, was organised by David’s girlfriend Carla Goodburn, 22, who was with David when the fatal collision happened, on November 12.

His family praised police for their help in allowing them to stage the cruise safely and thanked David’s friend Luke Smith, who produced the car graphics.

Carla said: “We would like to thank everyone who turned up and made the event so special, and everyone who was on that road when we passed on Sunday.

"When people realised what was happening, they also joined in and beeped and gave us lots of support. It was an uplifting tribute to David.”

The cruise finished at the Strand pub, Walmer, where David socialised and met Carla.

Carla and David’s mother, Rosie, who lives in Gladstone Road, Deal, hope the procession will help reinforce general road safety.

Mrs Wilson said: “At this time of year, the media has so many road safety messages, but this is our personal message to people to just take care on the roads. We don’t want anyone else to go through what we are.”

Carla added: “For every road tragedy, there are family and friends left behind.

“It is going to be very difficult coping without David, especially over Christmas.

“He was looking forward to dressing up as Father Christmas, mainly for my two-year-old son, Keian. It won’t be the same without him.”

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