Man's life 'completely shattered' after pregnant partner and unborn daughter killed

Calvin Buckley lost his pregnant partner Frankie Jules-Hough and their unborn daughter Neeve in a crash on the M66
Calvin Buckley lost his pregnant partner Frankie Jules-Hough and their unborn daughter Neeve in a crash on the M66 -Credit:Transport for Greater Manchester

A man told how his "life was completely shattered" in an instant when his pregnant partner was killed by a dangerous driver.

Calvin Buckley said his life was destroyed on the day he lost his partner Frankie Jules-Hough and their unborn daughter Neeve in a crash on the M66. BMW driver Adil Iqbal filmed himself driving at speeds of 123mph as he swerved in and out of traffic on the motorway in Bury, Greater Manchester, before losing control and crashing into Frankie's car.

Hollyoaks actress Frankie, 38, had pulled onto the hard shoulder due to a punctured tyre when the horrific crash occurred on May 13 last year. Frankie, 38, and her unborn daughter, Neeve, died from their injuries days later, while Frankie’s two sons and nephew, who were also in the car, sustained injuries.

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Calvin now wants to raise awareness of the dangers of becoming distracted while using a mobile phone behind the wheel. He is lending his voice and his story to support a new campaign called ‘Touch. Screen’, launching today.

Calvin, from Oldham, said: “Two people lost their lives as a result of someone using their phone while driving, and to put it simply my life was destroyed. I lost my partner and the chance to become a father, but it has also affected many other people and the effects of this incident will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

“My life was completely shattered in a moment and now I’m trying to rebuild my life and make something positive out of it by supporting this campaign and the vision zero strategy.”

Adil Iqbal
Adil Iqbal -Credit:Facebook

Adil Iqbal was previously sentenced to 12 years after he admitted causing the death of Frankie Julia Hough and seriously injuring her nine-year-old son Thomas, in a motorway crash. However, in October last year, three appeal judges increased his jail term to 15 years after concluding the original sentence was unduly lenient.

The ‘Touch. Screen’ campaign, from Safer Roads Greater Manchester, is underpinned by the 'vision zero strategy' which aims to eliminate all deaths and life-changing injuries on Greater Manchester’s roads by 2040.

In the videos released as part of the ‘Touch. Screen’ campaign, three drivers can be seen using their mobile phone behind the wheel and becoming increasingly distracted as they take calls, respond to texts, change songs or check directions.

As they continue to take their eyes off the road and focusing on touching their phone, they are too slow to react to what happens next and the scene abruptly ends with a loud crash. On the campaign's radio advert, Calvin’s voice can then be heard warning drivers about consequences of becoming distracted while driving.

Calvin said: “It’s become quite common for people to use their phone to check messages, send photos or change the music while driving. The use of mobile phones in our society has grown, and for some people it’s all they’ve ever known.

“But all it takes is a split second to become distracted, and when you take your eyes off the road anything could happen. You could hit another car, a pedestrian, or injure yourself.

“Please don’t touch your phone while driving. You could get fined, get points on your licence or, more seriously, take somebody’s life.”

Superintendent Gareth Parkin from Greater Manchester Police’s Special Operations said: “The road requires your full attention whatever your mode of transport. Distractions such as mobile phones and other handheld devices can cause you to lose your focus on the road and potentially miss an upcoming hazard.

“Using a mobile phone could result in a fine, ban, or worse still, put somebody’s life at risk. Even hands-free options can be distracting, so ask yourself whether the call can wait.

“We have seen some devastating incidents over the years which has significant impact on families, please don’t be the reason why you are the one that prevents someone from going home to their loved ones.”

The campaign encourages people to follow these steps to avoid becoming distracted while driving:

Staying focused.

Putting your phone in a place where you won’t be tempted to use it, such as the glovebox, a bag or in your pocket.

Ensuring passengers know not to create a distraction.

Finding a safe, legal place to stop if you need to make a call or text, or to use your phone to change a song or check directions.

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