Family of car crash victim stand by driver
9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
THE family of Jack Savage have said they will stand by their son’s close friend even after he admitted causing his death by careless driving.
Jack, 20, of Wanborough, was a passenger in the Ford Fiesta driven by his pal Jack Hiscock, 24, when they crashed into an articulated lorry on the A419 in the early hours of May 11.
Yesterday, Hiscock appeared at Swindon Crown Court and admitted driving without due care and attention while under the influence of drink or drugs. He was disqualified from driving ahead of sentencing next month.
Jack, who lived life to the full, was hugely popular and hundreds turned out to pay their respects at his funeral.
His parents are sticking by Hiscock, who they consider part of the family, throughout the proceedings.
They have submitted a plea for leniency with the court, and recognise the guilt Hiscock now has to live with.
Jack’s mum Tanya said: “Our Jack would have wanted us to stand by him.
“They were real friends, and we are doing this for both Jacks. He has got this to live with for the rest of his life, and that is a sentence that will never go away.”
“He is part of the family,” added Steve, Jack’s dad.
“He does not think he can get out of this scot free, but it is not going to be productive to put any more pressure on him.”
“We have put in a plea for leniency for when it comes to sentencing,” said Tanya.
“We recognise that he has got to pay the price.
“He has said that without our support he would not have been able to get through this. He has been affected very badly by the whole thing. He writes letters to Jack all the time and leaves them by his grave.
“We do not see the need for him to suffer more than he already is, and we know that our Jack would have wanted this.”
Tanya remembers a story Jack once told them about an incident in remarkably similar circumstances.
“Somebody Jack knew last year drove into a tree and their passenger died,” she said. “Jack told us then how sorry he felt for the driver to have to live with that guilt, and we have kept that conversation in our minds, because we know Jack would have wanted us to support him as much as we can.
“Everyone is supporting him and we stand by him as one of our own. If it was our Jack standing in the dock we would hope for the same for him.
“It is Jack’s 21st birthday in December, and we are still going to be celebrating. We will be thinking of both Jacks then. We do not want it to go by unmarked.”
Judge Douglas Field, presiding, addressed Hiscock during the court appearance yesterday.
“This is plainly a very serious matter,” he said.
“You have entered a guilty plea at the first reasonable opportunity and so the early plea scheme will come into effect.
“I am disqualifying you from driving from this minute.”
A sentencing hearing will take place at Swindon Crown Court on November 15.