A campaigning father who forced police to stop high-speed car pursuits after his son was killed in a 100mph police chase has died just weeks after the tenth anniversary of the tragedy.
Dianne Homer said husband Dennis, aged 59, never recovered after losing his 20-year-old son Neil in the crash on December 17, 1995 - two days after Neil's birthday.
Mr Homer, of Park Avenue, Oldbury, died of heart failure in Sandwell General Hospital on Thursday.
The grandfather had successfully forced West Midlands Police to stop high-speed chases in the wake of the tragedy, prompting them to use helicopters instead.
Mrs Homer, aged 57, said: "Dennis underwent a triple heart by-pass three years ago but fell ill last Sunday and was taken into hospital the next day.
"He had surgery to open an artery but there were complications and in the end they couldn't save him.
"Heart failure killed him but he probably died inside ten years ago when we lost Neil. Dennis never really got over it."
Neil was killed at the junction of Causeway Green Road and Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, when his Vauxhall Nova was struck by a police car pursuing a stolen vehicle.
PC Robert Dallow, aged 41, a passenger in the police car, also died in the high speed collision described by witnesses as "like a bomb going off".
The police car driver, PC Lezlie Collins, served six weeks of a three-month jail sentence after being found guilty of causing the two deaths by dangerous driving.
The funeral of Mr Homer is to be held next Monday at 1pm at Newton Road Crematorium in West Bromwich, where his son's funeral was held a decade ago. The family plan to bury Mr Homer's ashes alongside Neil's.
* The trial of Pc Collins in February 1997 heard that Neil Homer and Pc Dallow were killed when the police patrol car chasing the stolen vehicle went through a red light and crashed.
An order from a police officer monitoring the chase over the radio to abort the pursuit never got through because the crash had already occurred.