Hillmorton couple honour officers at Livia Awards

Some of the officers, guests and judging panel members at the ceremony at Portcullis House, Westminster. Inset: Livia, who died aged 16.
Some of the officers, guests and judging panel members at the ceremony at Portcullis House, Westminster. Inset: Livia, who died aged 16.
0
Have your say

A Hillmorton couple have honoured road crash investigators at an award ceremony in memory of their daughter who was killed by a dangerous driver.

George and Giulietta Galli-Atkinson have held an annual awards evening since 1999, a year after their daughter, Livia, 16, was hit by a car that mounted the pavement as she walked to a ballet lesson in Enfield, north London.

The Livia Awards were held at Portcullis House, Westminster, on November 11.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey helped judge this year’s award.

Mrs Galli-Atkinson said: “When Livia was killed in 1998, our world shattered - as anyone’s would at the loss of their child - but along our way, in searching for answers and justice, we met three very dedicated road crash investigators, in charge of Livia’s case.

“They were exceptional and it is what motivated us to underpin that good that we had experienced.

“We decided that establishing an award would be a constructive way to help better shape road crash investigation standards and liaison service to families, complement road safety issues and education, and commemorate Livia fittingly.”

She added: “We are naturally very proud and honoured that it has worked so well and has the support of the officers, their command and Police Commissioner and of the Prime Minister.”

The Livia Award for Professionalism and Service to Justice went to PC Jason Clauson for his ‘outstanding family liaison service over many years’.

The Livia Highly Commended went jointly to DS John Woods and DC Irribarren for ‘a long and difficult evidence gathering process’ in a fatal hit and run case involving a small child.

Livia’s parents hope to bring their road safety programme to schools in Rugby to teach youngsters about the responsibilities and dangers associated with driving.