A FIREFIGHTER whose niece was killed in a horrific car crash involving a drink-driver does not want any family to have to go through the pain that his did.
Mark Thomas, Liverpool District Fire Station manager, has spoken about the death of his 19-year-old niece Michaela Favager in Neston in a bid to save lives as part of a crackdown on drink-driving.
He has attended dozens of traffic accidents over his 18-year career, but the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol were brought home in the early hours of July 2009.
Michaela, along with driver John David Aston, 20, who was more than three times over the drink-drive limit, Gillian Fowle, 43, and Edward Thomas Smith, 19, all from Neston, died after the car they were in crashed and split in two.
Mr Thomas, who was speaking out as part of Merseyside Police’s Christmas drink-drive campaign, said: “I have been in the fire service for 18 years and I've lost count of the number of collisions that I have attended where alcohol was a factor.
“Sadly, experiences in my professional role became a personal reality for me and my family last July.
“My colleagues from Heswall and Upton attended a fatal accident in Neston where four young people had died at a horrific scene – my 19-year-old niece was among them.
“She had been out that evening and got into a car with her friends; the driver had been drinking and it was later established that he was three-and-a-half times over the legal limit.”
He added: “Nothing will bring Michaela or her friends back. All we can hope is that others will learn from this tragic, needless and so easily avoidable carnage.
“I would not want anyone to experience this tragedy and the sadness that our family has had to come to terms with.”