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WATCH: Father shares tragic story of son's death caused by drink driver

A father whose son was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2018 has shared his story and how the loss has impacted his life.

Terry Keane lost his son Joe in July 2018 when he and his girlfriend Alyssa Henderson were driving to Harrogate for a birthday weekend away. Their car was hit by a modified campervan on the A65 near Ingleton, crushing their Peugeot 107 and killing Joe. It was later revealed that the driver, 29-year-old Adam Kershaw, was three times over the drink-driving limit. And Joe's dad Terry has spoken out about the tragic event in the hope that people will think twice before getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Recalling the moment he received the tragic news, he said:
"Alyssa came on the phone and said that her and Joe had been involved in a serious accident. "I kept asking how is Joe? How is Joe? And she told me that he still had a pulse."
Terry then waited for news on what hospital his son would be taken to with plans to drive straight there. But the next call he received was from a woman he did not know - a nurse. He said:
"She told me 'I'm sorry Mr Keane, unfortunately your son has died. She was a nurse and did her best to save Joe. "From that point your world has collapsed but you know you need to keep it together, because I had to tell my wife and my daughter. "The thought of your child dying, I can't even begin to describe how it feels. I would not want anybody else to suffer what we as a family have had to suffer."
Watch the video in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO2VRaluwRA&t=2s The drink driver, Adam Kershaw, had previous drink-driving and speeding offences and had been driving dangerously for over 28 miles when he swerved around a corner at speed. His modified campervan lifted onto two wheels before falling onto and 'effectively driving over' the car Joe was in. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison in December 2019. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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