The mother of a Midland businessman killed in a Florida hit-and-run 12 months ago is urging US authorities to finally bring his ‘murderer’ to justice.
Kenneth Watkinson, 48, and Craig Elford, 39, were mown down by a Porsche speeding at 100 mph a year ago – but nobody has been charged with their deaths.
The sports car struck the business partners as they walked along a pavement in the tourist resort of Fort Lauderdale.
Father-of-three Mr Watkinson, from Warwickshire, and Mr Elford, a father-of-two from Oxfordshire, died instantly.
The heavily damaged Porsche, which had been seen racing another car immediately before the crash, was dumped nearby and the driver fled.
Mr Watkinson’s mother Emily, 75, has hit out at the faltering US police investigation.
The retired nurse said: “It’s been a very difficult year for all of us. It would have been Ken’s 49th birthday on December 23 and it was his anniversary on Saturday.
“The solicitors in America have been over to see us and Mr Elford’s family, but there’s not much any of us can do as we are so far away.
“It has all gone quiet at the moment, but they did tell us that it would take some time. We are very much in their hands.
“I’m 75 and my husband Ken is 88 and we just want to see justice for our son.
‘‘The people who did this murdered him and they must get their just deserts. They can hang for all I care.’’
She added: “Ken’s ashes were scattered in the Lake District, but we also have a memorial stone in the local graveyard, near to other family members.
“You have to try and get on with things and we just take things week by week.
“Ken will never be forgotten and he will never leave us.’’
The £110,000 Porsche that killed the men was registered to Ryan LeVin, the son a millionaire Chicago-based family that owns a jewellery business.
LeVin, 35, was jailed last May for three months after pleading guilty to violating his parole for a separate car chase in Chicago in 2006.
The court heard that he ran over a police officer and injured two other people after racing away from a police road block in another Porsche GT.
LeVin was jailed for failing to complete a drug abuse course and for admitting driving while banned.
But he denies that he was driving the white Porsche that killed the two British men and reportedly named friend Derek Cook, 37, as being behind the wheel.
Both families have now filed civil lawsuits against LeVin and Cook.
Mr Watkinson built up his own pharmaceutical business with Mr Elford.
The pair were in America to recruit employees for Ingala Healthcare, based in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Family man Mr Watkinson was living in Harbury, near Leamington Spa, with second wife Kirsty and son Max, who is now aged five.
He also leaves behind two children from his first marriage, Jonathan, 20 and 16-year-old Stephanie.
Mr Elford was the father of a newborn baby girl at the time of the accident. His two daughters are now aged three and one.
A spokesman for Fort Lauderdale Police Department said: “The case is still being investigated and there is no new information at this stage.”
Officers have told US newspapers that they “hope to provide closure for the families in the near future.”
The US lawyer acting on behalf of Craig Elford’s family, Seth Miles, added some progress had been made, but no trial date had been set.
LeVin is the son of Shirley and Arthur LeVin, founders of Jewels by Park Lane, a business that bills itself as the “world’s leading direct sales fashion jewellery company.”