'I don’t want people to suffer like I have' - dad backs road safety campaign at junction where popular son died

Tony Bernard

Steve Bernard

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The father of a popular student killed in a horror car crash has backed a campaign to improve the road junction where he died.

Former Bournemouth School pupil Steve Bernard died alongside two of his fellow university students on the A27 near Chichester, where he was studying to become a PE teacher.

The accident nine years ago led to calls for road improvements and now a group has been formed – the A27 Action Group – to campaign for improvements to six junctions on the busy road.

The group is lobbying the government to improve roads and junctions and to fill in crossing points.

Steve’s dad, Tony, said: “You are just playing Russian roulette on these major roads. I wouldn’t want anyone else to suffer like we have. Anything that will improve safety and save people’s lives has to be a bonus.

“I live in Bournemouth and my wife’s family is in Brighton so we’re on the road a fair bit. You just see people cut across – it’s awful. There have been so many accidents there.”

Mr Bernard said he was promised the road layout would be changed after Steve’s death but nothing was done.

After Steve’s death, his family set up the Steve Bernard Foundation – to remember Steve and raise funds for sport projects.

Since it was formed in February 2006, it has gone on to raise more than £180,000 for sporting projects in the south of England.

The foundation has supported more than 150 projects covering more than 20 sports and four continents.

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