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Family's campaign for law change

Rachel Ward
Rachel Ward died in the crash on the motorway last July

The family of a pregnant woman who was killed by a foreign lorry driver have been collecting signatures in their campaign to have the law changed.

Rachel Ward, 19, of Bedworth, Warks, died when a Dutch lorry driver in a left-hand drive vehicle hit her car.

The Dutch driver was fined 1,000 and given six points on his licence for careless driving on the M6 last July.

Miss Ward's parents have been in Birmingham to earn support to have that charge made an imprisonable offence.

Anthony and Barbara Ward were in the city centre's High Street on Saturday to collect more signatures on the petition they intend to hand to ministers.

Their aim is to get at least 50,000 people to sign the petition before taking it to Parliament.

At present, death by dangerous driving can carry a penalty of imprisonment - but careless driving, even if a fatality occurs, carries only a fine.

The family is being backed by their local MP Mike O'Brien.

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