Parents laying in bed heard horror crash which killed teen son near their home

Parents laying in bed heard the car crash which killed their son as he crossed a road near their home.

Dylan Campbell, 16, was killed in Leicester when he was hit by speeding Audi driver, Shankar Modhwadia.

Dylan was crossing the road to get cash to pay for a friend’s taxi at the time of the tragic incident, reports Leicestershire Live .

In a harrowing statement from Dylan’s father Bill Campbell, he described how he and his wife Debbie heard the crunch of what they thought was two cars colliding.

He said: “We were in bed when the incident happened and we heard the collision.

“Deb turned to me and said ‘that didn’t sound good.’

“It sounded as though a car had dented another car, in actual fact it was my son’s body that dented the car.”

Modhwadia, 30, was found guilty of causing Dylan’s death by dangerous driving after travelling at 70mph in a 40mph zone.

He was jailed for four years and banned from driving for five at Leicester Crown Court.

Dylan’s heartbroken parents continued: “We find ourselves in the heartbreaking position of having to do something we never in our worst nightmares thought we’d have to do.

From having to make the devastating decision to turn off our son’s breathing apparatus, to having to inform our family and friends that Dylan had been killed – to then planning a funeral for a 16-year-old boy.”

Family and friends of Dylan wept in court today as details emerged of Mr Campbell seeing paramedics trying to save his injured son on the roadside near the family home – and the desperately sad moments when he felt the last ebbing beats of his son’s heart as he died in hospital.

Mr Campbell described later having vivid and distressing dreams of visits from his son “scared” and “crying” and “banging on the front door” wanting to come home.

After the hearing, Mr Campbell told Leicestershire Live: “If Mr Modhwadia had spared us going through a week-long trial and admitted his guilt I’ve had asked for leniency

No sentence can reflect the value of Dylan’s life; we weren’t interested in the length of sentence.

But I think he had to go to prison for his actions on that night; deliberately driving at those speeds and taking someone’s life – you can’t do that and expect to go home.

“There are no winners here and we have nothing to celebrate.

“But we do feel for the defendant’s family, they didn’t deserve to be a part of this.

“We didn’t really know Dylan’s friends before this happened, but they are a big part of our family now.

“The love and support from the community has been invaluable and much appreciated.

“We’d also like to thank Detective Constable Seamus Burns, of Leicestershire Police’s serious collision investigation, for his care and support and to express gratitude to barrister, Richard Thatcher, who prosecuted the case

Mr Campbell said in his statement that was read out by Mr Thatcher: “As hard as this had been to write we desperately wanted Dylan to be more than just a name in court proceedings.

“We wanted you to hear what a wonderful boy he was and the devastating effect his loss has had on us, his family and friends.

“He was a much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

“He grew up surrounded by love and laughter and as a result was a funny, caring, kind and considerate young man.”

An avid Chelsea supporter, Dylan, was studying to be an electrician and had passed his first set of exams although he did not know that as the results were not released until after his death.

The statement continued: “He enjoyed going to college and made a lot of new friends there.

“He showed so much determination to pass his exams, more so than at school, as he was really passionate about the course and didn’t want to let the tutors or himself down.”

Dylan’s parents said they found out after his death that Dylan was someone his friends looked up to for help and advice.

He loved to have “a good time” and “fun” was always his priority.

Mr Campbell said in the statement: “We were in bed when the incident happened and we heard the collision.

“Deb turned to me and said ‘that didn’t sound good.’

“It sounded as though a car had dented another car, in actual fact it was my son’s body that dented the car.”