Family suffers heartbreak again

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A DAD who campaigned to promote road safety after his teenage son was killed in a crash has tragically died.

Anna Hackett paid tributed to her ‘loving husband and devoted father’ Ian who died in what appeared to be a tragic accident last weekend.

The 58-year-old’s body was found in a dyke in One Way Street, Sutterton, near the couple’s home in the early hours of Saturday, December 3.

Last month Mr Hackett featured in the Boston Standard lending his backing to Brake’s call for the Government to take action to stop more young people dying on the country’s roads.

His son James was killed, aged just 18, in a collision on the A16 in Kirton in May 2008.

Mrs Hackett, of Eastfield Close, Sutterton, said: “It has been a very hard three years for us.

“We both struggled to come to terms with James’s death, but Ian found it particularly hard, which is why he threw himself into working with Brake so much – it was all he could do.

“He put a lot of effort into it, as hard as it was for him, and it was something he would never have stopped doing as it was a connection to James.

“It was his way of keeping James’s memory alive and it helped him tremendously.”

Mr Hackett’s funeral is on Friday at St Mary’s Church in Sutterton. The family will walk from the couple’s home to the church as they did when James died, before Ian is buried next to his son.

The family are asking for donations at the funeral for Brake.

Mrs Hackett, who is being comforted by her son Nigel, said: “We had been getting ready for Christmas and I am devastated to have lost Ian, but he knew a lot of people and he touched a lot of people’s lives and the house has not been empty since he died.”