The mother of a girl who was tragically killed by a boy-racer has been awarded a victory in the five-year long battle for speed cameras.
Kelly Kennedy (25), was instantly killed in a head-on collision when she saw two young drivers race side-by-side at 90mph.
After Kelly’s death in 2016, Tracy (54), started a campaign for road safety.
Now, she has been informed speed cameras will soon be mounted on the A4067. The limit around the accident scene in South Wales near Pontardawe will drop to 40 mph.
Mrs Kennedy, of nearby Clydach, said: ‘Nothing will bring my beautiful daughter back but if I can save another life and another family from being destroyed then it’s been worth the fight.
‘I’ve begged for five years to have speed cameras put on this stretch of road. It has been the scene of so many almost-fatal crashes.
‘I was told by a motorcyclist that the road was known as “the 90mph stretch” and a place for people racing in their cars.
“I’m so relieved to hear that speed cameras have been installed.” It’s been a really hard fight but I did it for my daughter.’
Kelly Kennedy died in an accident after she was struck by two young drivers who were racing at 90mph side-by-side.
Grieving mother Tracey Kennedy has won a long-running road safety battle after being told speed cameras will be installed on the A4067 and the speed limit will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph around the crash scene
Kelly Kennedy’s family pictured reading a statement outside Swansea crown court after the sentencing
Ms Kennedy had been driving home from work in her Ford Ka when the fatal crash took place in South Wales
Swansea Crown Court was informed that Cory Kedward and Liam Price, both 21, were speeding on the roads at the time.
After admitting to causing death through dangerous driving, Price was sentenced for six years and four month.
His Honda car ploughed head-on into carer Miss Kennedy’s Ford Ka, causing a ‘huge impact’.
Kedward drove off in his car, which was not part of the wreckage, and was later convicted.
Nursery worker Mrs Kennedy said: ‘Our beautiful daughter lost her life because those men had absolutely no regard for life.
Our family was completely devastated by the pair. My only child and my best friend were both killed that day.
‘Christmas is such a hard time for us because Kelly loved Christmas so much. Every year, I buy her presents. I’ve put up a sparkly mannequin Christmas tree for her. She was so beautiful and elegant and I know she would love it.’
Swansea Crown Court heard that Liam Price (left) and Cory Kedward (right), both 21 at the time, were racing on the road.
She added: ‘I finally have some peace at last knowing those speed cameras and speed limits will stop people racing up that road.
‘Hopefully other parents won’t have to suffer the horrific loss that our family has.’
Price was released early this year, and allowed to continue living and working locally.
Mrs Kennedy said at the time: ‘To me, he can just go back to normal life now, but he has ruined our lives. Our family feels really disappointed.
‘It makes me feel sick – it is devastating to us.’
Paulette Smith, a local councillor supported speed cameras and limits changes.
She insisted: ‘It’s been desperately needed for quite a number of years. I’m very supportive. It is a dangerous stretch of road.’