High-visibility jackets are 'vital' for walkers -- father
Published 01/01/2011 | 05:00
WHEN the gardai called to his door, Jim Nash instinctively knew he was about to experience every parent's worst nightmare.
Before they uttered a word, he realised his 19-year-old son James was dead.
"They didn't even have to tell me," he said.
The devastated father has since embarked on a crusade in a bid to prevent other parents from suffering the same loss.
As part of his campaign, Mr Nash, who lives in Kilworth, Co Cork, is urging walkers to wear high-visibility clothing and drivers to slow down.
His message is simple and he believes it will save lives.
"If you are walking you must wear a protective jacket, don't drink behind the wheel and slow down," he told the Irish Independent.
Mr Nash still thinks of his son every single day.
James was walking home from a debs ball in Fermoy, Co Cork, in February 2000 when he was struck by a truck.
"He had gone to get a taxi and there was an hour-and-a-half wait," Mr Nash said.
"He was hit by a big articulated lorry. He didn't have a prayer of a chance.
"Maybe it might still have happened if he had a visibility jacket on but he would have shone out like a Christmas tree.
"Just where James was killed there was a big pool of water at the side of the road. I reckon he stepped out. He was killed instantly."
Mr Nash said his wife Kay had previously warned their son not to walk home late at night and to ring them for a lift.
"This morning, for some reason, he decided to walk."