Frampton’s mother’s safety appeal to scooter drivers

A MOTHER who lost her daughter in a scooter accident 10 years ago has issued a safety warning to all road users on two wheels.

Cathy Loving’s daughter, Jo, was 17 when she was killed in an accident on the A37 at Wrackleford, north of Dorchester.

Cathy, from Frampton, was deeply shaken by the tragedy but did her best to get something positive out of it and every year she hosts a fun day to raise funds to help promote road safety in memory of Jo.

She said: “It’s about making people on two wheels aware that people on two wheels are vulnerable and making them think. It’s not just motorcyclists and scooters, but cyclists as well.

Cathy says the fateful night of July 20, 1999, when she lost her daughter, appears to be “only yesterday”.

She said: “She was coming home around half past nine or ten in her Vespa on the A37 when a car hit her head on.

“He just didn’t see her and she died at the scene.”

She added: “It’s like it’s still yesterday, but when you think about it, 10 years is a lifetime. Now that the 10 years have passed, I think about what it would have been like now.

Cathy said her campaign, which grew out of these tragic events, was not aimed at scaring people away from scooters, motorcycles and bicycles. This is to raise awareness of the use and enjoyment of safe two-wheeled transport.

She said: “Jo was born around scooters and has been around them her whole life.

“When I gave her younger sister Charlotte her first scooter, someone said I must be mad at what happened.

“But I didn’t want to take away his independence, I couldn’t do that.

“We just want to educate people as much as possible about the dangers of the road.

“I just hope people embrace it and ride sensibly, and they realize that there are people on the road who don’t care about other road users.”