Grieving mother slams vandals who hacked down speed cameras which were put up after her daughter, 25, was killed in head-on crash by boy racers

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By John James

Published: 07:48 EDT, 3 April 2024 | Updated: 07:53 EDT, 3 April 2024

A grieving mother who launched a campaign to bring speed cameras to a dangerous road which claimed the life of her daughter has blasted 'idiot' vandals who have hacked them down. 

Tracey Kennedy, 55, launched a road safety campaign after the tragic death of her daughter Kelly Kennedy, 25, in 2016 and finally had the four cameras erected last year.

Kelly was killed instantly in a head-on smash as she came across two young drivers racing side-by-side at up to 90mph. 

She had been driving home from work as carer to autistic children in her Ford Ka when 23-year-old boy racers Liam Price and Cory Kedward drove recklessly into her path. 

Tracey, of Swansea, South Wales, won her fight to lower the limit from 60mph to 40mph and to install speed cameras on the A4067 and is now outraged that the speed cameras have been targeted by wreckers.

Grieving mother Tracey Kennedy has won a long-running road safety battle after being told speed cameras will be installed on the A4067 and the speed limit will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph around the crash scene

Kelly Kennedy was killed in a crash after coming across two young drivers racing side-by-side at up to 90mph

Tracey has blasted 'idiot' vandals who have hacked down the new speed cameras

23-year-old boy racers Liam Price and Cory Kedward drove recklessly into her path

Three of the four cameras have been damaged and Tracey said she hoped officials would replace them soon.

She said: 'It was so disappointing as I had been campaigning for so many years. Then the cameras get put up and you get idiots who decide to cut it down.

'I was devastated when I was told they had been cut down. I was really upset. It's just mindless really. A lot of people have said to me, since the cameras have gone up, that it has made a difference.'

Nursery worker Tracey said she hoped her campaign for the the cameras would help save other parents from facing heartbreak like her own.

She said: 'I know I can't please everybody, there are people out there that don't agree with them, but unless they have lost somebody close to them through speeding they are not going to understand.

'I just want to try and save people's lives. That's all my intention is because I don't want any other family to go through what we've been through.

'I'd like to see them reinstalled as soon as possible so they can keep a closer eye on people and bring the speeding down. As it is now they can still go quite quick along there now because they've cut one down on each side.

'People are complaining that they can't get here and they can't get there but all you have to do is leave earlier.

'Kelly was doing the speed limit but there's other people who won't abide by it and that's why I think it is very important to have the speed cameras there so that they can be caught and dealt with.'

Kelly Kennedy's family pictured reading a statement outside Swansea crown court after the  sentencing 

Swansea Crown Court heard that Liam Price and Cory Kedward, both 21 at the time, were racing on the road. 

Price was sentenced to six years and four months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

His Honda car ploughed head-on into carer Miss Kennedy's Ford Ka, causing a 'huge impact'.

Kedward, whose car was not involved in the crash, drove off but was later convicted of the same offence following a trial and was jailed for seven years. 

Tracey said: 'Our beautiful daughter lost her life because those men had absolutely no regard for life.

'The pair of them completely destroyed our family. I lost my only daughter and my best friend that day.

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