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Grieving mother’s tribute to son killed in Darwen crash
A GRIEVING mother has paid tribute to her son who was killed in a horror crash that saw the driver jailed for more than five years.
Liverpudlian Jason Kenealy, 32, who lived in Darwen, died from multiple injuries shortly after the red Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in crashed in Chorley Old Road, Bolton.
Driver Carl Yates, 25, of Baron Street, Darwen, was almost three times the drink-drive limit when he hit an oncoming Corolla Verso carrying a family of five on Saturday, June 25, last year.
He was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on Monday to five years and four months in prison.
And Kathleen Kenealy, 69, of Liverpool, said she and her family would never get over the tragedy of losing Jason.
She said: “I can’t even let go of his ashes. I can’t let him go. None of us can. We are devastated.
“He made my heart sing and now my heart has stopped singing. The house seems so empty.
“Even when he moved away we got a text from him every night. I still text him every night now.
“He was a sunbeam. There was just something different about him.
“I don’t think we can ever get over this.”
Mrs Kenealy, who has a husband, Tommy, 71, and children Julie, Diane, Yvonne and Frankie, said Jason wanted to help everyone.
She said: “He was the sort of person who would walk into the KFC in Liverpool, buy a load of food and then go round giving it to homeless people.
“He just wanted to help people. He always made a point of putting his arm around people.”
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