South Africa 15.4.2015 06:00 am

Tribute to Edenvale road crash victims

Natalie and Sue Simpson pose with a photograph of Tamlyn Lewis and Wesley Simpson who died in a crash on Terrace Road in Edenvale, with two other people in 2013. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

Natalie and Sue Simpson pose with a photograph of Tamlyn Lewis and Wesley Simpson who died in a crash on Terrace Road in Edenvale, with two other people in 2013. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

“Everyday is hard,” said Sue Simpson, the mother of Wesley Simpson, who was one of the victims who died in the horror crash on Terrace Road in Edenvale, which claimed four young lives.

April 5 marked the two-year anniversary of the crash, Bedfordview Edenvale News reported.

Wesley and Tamlyn Lewis were killed at the intersection of Terrace and Columbus roads, when motorcyclist Slade Matthews crashed into the vehicle they were travelling in. Matthews and Angelia Maree, who was riding pillion on the bike, were both killed.

Natalie Simpson, Wesley’s sister, was the driver and only survivor from the vehicle.

For the families of the crash, Terrace Road remains etched in their minds.

“We stay in Eastleigh Ridge and constantly hear cars and bikes speeding down Terrace Road,” said Simpson.

Wesley, a former Jeppe High School for Boys pupil, had a passion for hockey. After matriculating in 2009, Wesley went on to study as a coach and person trainer. He was due to graduate the day after the crash.

As a tribute to Wesley, Jeppe High School for Boys will build a new hockey pavilion at the school.

To help raise funds for her son’s tribute, Simpson has organised the YOLO music festival at Huddle Park, which will take place this Saturday, April 18.

“Wesley was always fun-loving and had a positive outlook on life. It was just who he was, always smiling and happy,” said Simpson.

In January 2013, the family took a trip to Italy, where they spent the holiday skiing.

“Wesley loved it. He was always active and encouraged everyone to keep up. When his brother told him he wanted to rest, Wesley told him YOLO.”

“I asked him what YOLO meant, and he said You Only Live Once,” said Simpson.

She added it was only right to name the music festival after the motto by which Wesley lived his life.

Last year, the family recreated the holiday to spread Wesley’s ashes on the mountains he loved so much.

The music festival will incorporate a family fun day, which will include entertainment for youngsters, as well as a variety of craft stalls.

The event will also feature some of South Africa’s top performers and DJs, including DJ T, DJ Skye, DJ Phizz and Vin Deysel.

Caxton News Service

 

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