‘We can’t bring mum back but we can bring something good out of what’s happened’ – memorial event for A47 crash victim

Emma Herring is holding a fundraiser in memory of her mum Kim Utting, who was a dog-lover. Picture: Ian Burt Emma Herring is holding a fundraiser in memory of her mum Kim Utting, who was a dog-lover. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, February 20, 2014
8:36 AM

The children of a dog-lover killed on the A47 a year ago have vowed to “bring something good” out of their family tragedy.

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Police appeal

The investigation into finding the mystery driver who caused the Valentine’s Day crash continues, Norfolk Police have said.

Officers have trawled hours of CCTV but have been unable to identity the black Peugeot 307 which failed to stop at on A47 near Dereham between the Draytonhall Lane and A1075 junctions at 10.30am.

Andrew Scottow, 25, from Dereham, was driving in the opposite direction towards King’s Lynn in a red Skoda when he was forced to swerve away from the black car and ploughed into Mrs Utting’s vehicle. He suffers from periodic memory loss as a result of the accident.

Anyone with information should call Norfolk Police on 101.

Kim Utting, 52, died on Valentine’s Day last year after a car snaked between traffic, causing a head-on crash outside Dereham.

Police are still hunting the driver and say the investigation into finding them remains open.

Now, after the anniversary of the fatal accident, grieving siblings Emma Herring, 31, and Dudley Dodd-Utting, 12, from Litcham, have 
organised a dog show and fete 
to raise money for the Air Ambulance.

“We can’t bring mum back, I know that, but we can bring something good out of what’s happened by raising money,” her daughter said. “It’s what mum would have wanted.”

Kim Utting died in a crash on the A47 on Valentine's Day last year.Kim Utting died in a crash on the A47 on Valentine's Day last year.

Mrs Herring, a dog groomer at K9 Clipz, was driving her mum – a former prizewinner at Crufts – and her mastiff dog Lulu on the morning of the crash.

The dog is still traumatised by the accident and Mrs Herring says the accident will never leave her.

“I have thoughts and memories in my head which I don’t wish on anyone,” she said. “I barely sleep and when I am drifting off I wake up just as the crash happens.

“It’s always going to be there but it will get easier as time goes on.

“My life has changed so much.

“I went from a single 30-year-old woman to having a 12-year-old dependant.”

But she said the fund-raiser, which is also in memory of family friend Jackie Critoph, was fitting because the emergency services were called to help her mum.

“Given the fact the Air Ambulance were called on the day, although they weren’t able to do anything, I thought it was important to donate to them,” she said.

“Mum gave money to them monthly – she always said that you never know if you will need them.”

Mrs Utting was a prominent figure on the dog show scene, winning a major prize at Crufts in 2008 with her mastiffs.

Her eldest son, Jamie Dodd, 30, will be a judge at the memorial dog show on May 4 at Punch Farm on Dereham Road in Litcham.

There will be 18 classes, including four pedigree, three handling and 11 novelty.

As well as show prizes, there will be a raffle as well as traditional fete fun and games and a BBQ.

Most classes are sponsored by local businesses and prizes have been donated.

Mrs Herring is still looking for a toilet block if anyone can donate one.

Entry is on the day from 10am, with the judging starting at 11am.

Are you raising money in memory of a loved one? Contact newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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