An annual service of remembrance for road crash victims will hold its fifth event in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 13 October 2018.

The event, which has previously been supported by the Poet Laurette and Channel 5’s “Police Interceptors”, will see hundreds of affected families and communities coming together to remember the lives of their lost loved ones.

A road death is as unnatural as it is unexpected.

David Robinson, of Thompsons Solicitors

Recent statistics show that road deaths are particularly high among pedestrians, accounting for more than a quarter of all road deaths from 2007 to 2017. Statistics also found the number of pedestrian deaths in the UK increased by five per cent between 2016 and 2017.

Janet Thompson, whose son Jake was killed when a lorry driver accelerated through a changing traffic light on a pedestrian crossing in 2011, said: “Not a single day goes by when my husband, John, and I do not think about our wonderful son, Jake. This service of remembrance allows us to have a few moments of stillness and reflection in what is an otherwise busy world.”

David Robinson, chairman of RoadPeace North East and specialist road traffic accident solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said: "A road death is as unnatural as it is unexpected. It does not discriminate on economic, religious or social grounds and it has a devastating impact on families and communities. This service provides those suffering with an opportunity to come together and remember lives lost on the roads."

Key representatives from across the region will be attending to show their support, including senior leaders from the emergency services, politicians and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of County Durham.

The service takes place in Durham Cathedral at 10.30am on Saturday 13 October. Everyone is welcome.