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Re-test older drivers, say family of M1 wrong-way crash victim

Published 25/01/2016

M1 wrong-way crash victim Michael Luciw, 27, from Nottingham, with his daughter Elise (Leicestershire Police/PA)
M1 wrong-way crash victim Michael Luciw, 27, from Nottingham, with his daughter Elise (Leicestershire Police/PA)

The family of a man who died in a crash involving an 87-year-old driving a car the wrong way up the M1 have called for regular testing of older drivers.

BBC Inside Out spoke to the family of Michael Luciw, 27, who was killed on the motorway in Leicestershire in the early hours of Monday October 12.

Albert Newman, 87, who was driving north on the southbound carriageway, also died in the crash.

Mr Luciw's brother, Simon, said: "It doesn't feel as if we have lost him - it feels as if he has been taken away from us.

"There are so many things that should be put in place so things like this could be avoided.

"People are driving that shouldn't be on the road. The older you get, the more your reactions slow down.

"There needs to be some sort of test introduced, in a car with a driving instructor, so you get a true reflection of how good a driver you are."

His mother, Andrea Shelton, said: "He had only just turned 27 and he had his whole life ahead of him."

She said her son, from Nottingham, who worked as a delivery driver, was on a long-distance journey with a colleague, Andy Harrington, when the crash happened at 2am near Kegworth, Leicestershire.

Mr Harrington, who was driving a Ford Transit, said he had not seen Mr Newman's car until the last second.

He told the programme: "I managed to swerve slightly towards the crash barrier but there was nothing I could do.

"You couldn't even blink that fast. It lives with me. I still get sleepless nights. It's not something I will ever forget.

"It's up to the Government whether they listen to us. But if that driver hadn't been on the road that morning, Michael would still be here with his daughter."

:: The Inside Out East Midlands story is being screened on BBC One at 7.30pm on Monday. It will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days after that.

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