Family’s tribute to a son ‘who made a difference’

Mark Davey and family wk 15 MBLH

Mark Davey and family wk 15 MBLH

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A fundraising campaign set up by a man who battled and beat childhood cancer, has raised more than £60,000 since his death.

Mark Davey, 33, who died after his car hit a roundabout on the A6 at Wixams in September last year, had started the fundraiser for the Starlight charity on his 30th birthday.

In his memory team-mates at Luton Rugby Club wear purple shirts in his honour and help fundraise for the charity.

An inquest at Ampthill yesterday heard that Mark, of Brompton Close, Luton, had spent the afternoon of September 13 playing rugby in Bedford.

But driving home in his Audi R8 he appears to have got into a race with the driver of a black Porsche along the A6.

Witnesses described the two cars as only a car’s length apart as they over- and undertook vehicles on the stretch.

William White, of Elstow, in his car with his wife and three small children, told the inquest he was travelling at around 50/60mph when they spotted the cars in their rear view mirrors.

When the racing cars went past them “it was like we were standing still”, he said.

He said the Porsche driver had only one hand on the wheel and was making gestures out of his open window with the other hand, although he added the gestures were not aggressive .

As the cars passed them Mr White said his wife exclaimed: “They are going to kill someone.”

They then saw debris in the air.

On the third roundabout at Wixams the Porsche passed but Mr Davey’s car hit a chevron and became airborne.

Parts of the car broke up and the front ended upside down. Mr Davey died almost instantly.

PC Robert Wagstaff told the inquest: “Mr Davey was driving too fast as he approached the roundabout while chasing another vehicle.”

The Porsche driver has never been found.

At the inquest Mr Davey’s father Chris said: “He was a wonderful lad. The tragic lesson to be learned here is that speed in dangerous.”

Senior Bedfordshire coroner Tom Osborne, recording a verdict of death by road traffic collision, warned of the risks of speeding.

He said: “Yes speed does kill. But speeding and racing doesn’t just result in lost points or licence, or lost car or job or prison, it results in death, and that is the message that should get out.

Speaking after the inquest of Mark’s fundraising efforts his father Chris, said: “My wife and I created someone who made a difference in the world.

“He had this ability to meet someone once and make them a close friend.”

He paid tribute to all those who had tried to help Mark at the crash scene and warned of the risks of speeding.

“If it makes one person not race a car then Mark’s death will not be in vain.”

Mark, a company director at Indigo Residential in Amptill, had raised £8,000 towards his £30,000 total for the Starlight charity at the time of his death. The charity had helped him during his fight against cancer at the age of 12. The total now stands at more than £68,000