Family pay tribute to Susan Gravel

Date published: 22 June 2019 10:32
Dated: 22 June 2019 11:31:14

The family of 62-year-old Susan Gravel from Doncaster have paid tribute to her and thanked officers after the sentencing of a long awaited trial.

Yesterday (Friday 21 June) Jerry Smith, 19, of HMP Doncaster was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a court heard how he collided with Susan Gravel at speed, while she was crossing the road.

Smith left Susan lying in the road with serious injuries, which she sadly later died from.

Susan’s daughter Claire Gravel told the court in her statement the horrendous image of the destruction Smith left behind.

She said: “A lot of my family, including me, ended up at the scene and watched as the paramedics worked hard to resuscitate my mum’s lifeless body, that had been tossed to the side of the road like a rag doll. That is an everlasting image and the last image of my mum alive.”

Smith was sentenced to 13 years behind bars - a sentence that will never bring back a grandmother, sister and mum but has ensured justice has been served.

Claire expressed how losing her mum has left a hole that can never be filled in their family.

She continued: “Our family are very close, with everyone helping to look after each other and my mum was at the heart of it all.

“When she died, she didn’t just die, she was taken and the heart of our family was ripped out.

“Her love and care was felt by us all and to lose that love and that care in the way that we did has been life changing to us all.”

The family described Susan as well liked and loved by many.

Following the sentencing, Susan’s family thanked everyone involved in the case for the 'team effort' and getting justice for Susan.

They said: “We would like to thank our Family Liaison Officer PC Lynda Washington for the support she has provided to our family throughout the investigation. She was there at the scene and has been there for us every day since.”

The family also thanked PC Paula Townsend who ‘never gave up’. PC Townsend was the investigating officer and has dedicated the past two years to ensuring justice was served. They also thanked Sergeant Richard Hunter who dedicated time and support to his officers, ensuring they had everything they needed for a successful trial.

Praise was also given to the witnesses who provided crucial evidence and Barrister Mr Thyne.

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