For the love of Kristian

Kristian Holgate's dad Kevin Holgate
Kristian Holgate's dad Kevin Holgate

A RASTRICK couple has vowed to continue their fight for justice in memory of their son.

Kevin and Ann Holgate have been searching for answers after their son, Kristian, 17, who suffered with muscular dystrophy, died almost a month after he was thrown from his wheelchair while travelling in a specially-adapted cab driven by Rahim Dad.

Yesterday marked the second anniversary of the accident and after the judge decided to halt the case against the cabbie last week the couple of Highfield Road feel they have been let down. “We have been given a life sentence,” said Mr Holgate. “I wanted to find out the truth, I wanted answers but I also wanted to make sure that I could get some meaning out of Kristian’s death.

“We don’t want other people becoming victims and parents having to go through the same torture that we have been through. I have made an appointment to see the local MP and I’m seeking legal action to see what avenues we can go down.”

The teenager, who was described by Judge Peter Benson as a “remarkable young man” was being taken from his home to Huddersfield New College when he suffered a cut head and a fractured left leg in the incident.

Mr Dad, 45, of Fir Road, Paddock, was interviewed about the incident two days later and although he confirmed he had secured Kristian’s wheelchair in the taxi he said he had forgotten to fasten a seatbelt. Two days later Mr Dad received a letter from West Yorkshire Police telling him he would not face prosecution.

Five months later he was charged with dangerous driving. But the Crown Prosecution Service had been proposing to change that to causing death by careless driving when it came to trial later this month.

Last Thursday Judge Benson announced that proceedings against Mr Dad could not go ahead because to do so would be an “abuse of process.”