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Livein Hope - The Road Safety Campaign in Hope Fennell's Rememberence


On September 18th 2013, Hope Fennell should have turned 15 years of age. Yet she will never enjoy another birthday, as she was killed on Kings Heath High Street travelling home from school on her bike in November 2011.

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On the 7th of November 2011, Birmingham teenager Hope Fennell aged just 13, was struck and killed by an 18 tonne lorry as she pushed her bike across a pedestrian crossing in Kings Heath.

This tragic event took the life of a young girl and only happened because the authorities do not make enough effort to prevent them. The driver high up in his cab did not see, hear nor feel the collision and kept on driving with Hope trapped beneath his lorry until passers-by jumped in from to alert the driver. Hope died trapped under the lorry despite desperate attempts to free her.

A terrible event like this is something no family should ever have to experience. Furthermore, such tragedies are totally avoidable if only the authorities would take the safety of vulnerable roads users more seriously and implement better safety measures. This website is not only a tribute to Hope, but is intended to facilitate campaigning in a bid to make our roads safer for our children. The driver of the lorry which killed Hope had been texting on his mobile phone moments before this tragic event, but if a driver is caught texting at the wheel, it is only a small fine and endorsement on the license.

We need to campaign locally and nationally for:
- Access restrictions on HGVs using unsuitable roads as shortcuts or at least at specific times of the day
- Speed limits of 20mph on minor roads or those near schools (which can help detour HGVs using Sat-Navs)
- Segregation to give safe space for cycling
- Stricter punishment and heavier fines for those who drive while using mobile phones
- And ultimately, strict liability to protect pedestrians and vulnerable road users

Get involved...

A website has been set up in Hope's memory. Please come and join and support Hope and the campaign surrounding this tragic story.

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