‘It was Cam’s fight, now it’s mine’: Widow’s battle not over
Despite finally facing the man who hit and killed her husband as he was handed a jail sentence, Catherine Frewer's battle is far from over.
The widow of cycling safety advocate Cameron Frewer says while her husband's legacy lives on, there's still a long way to go to ensure everyone on the road gets home safely.
Cameron was hit and killed while cycling on Caloundra Rd on November 5, 2018.
On Friday the man responsible for the horrifying crash that claimed the life of a devoted father of three, talented chef and avid cyclist was jailed.
John Joseph Taylor pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and driving with a dangerous drug in his system. The 44-year-old was sentenced to three-and-a-half years' jail with parole eligibility after serving 18 months.
The Daily was in the courtroom as Mrs Frewer read a heartbreaking victim impact statement from herself and their 10-year-old daughter, Heidi.
Prior to the sentencing, Mrs Frewer told the Daily seeing Taylor in person would be one of the hardest things she'd ever have to face.
"I have to do it though," she said.
"He needs to see what he's done."
The end of the long road to justice for Cameron's family comes one week after 21-year-old Tahlia Cheri Melville was jailed for fatally hitting Sunshine Coast man David Halliwell in September last year.
Mrs Frewer said the two sentences should serve as a reminder to drivers of the devastating consequences of unsafe driving. However, she feared some people's attitudes towards cyclists would never change.
Cameron's death sparked a wave of grief and anger throughout the Sunshine Coast and wider cycling community.
Cyclists from across the country united in silent rides and vigils to remember him and keep his Drive Safe, Pass Wide legacy alive.
Former chief executive of Bicycle Queensland and long-time friend Anne Savage said those who knew him would always mourn the fact his death was preventable, and that his three children would grow up without their dad by their side.
"I think justice will be served when we can honestly say our road safety strategies are working, and Cameron would have agreed with me on that," she said.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey pledged to invest millions of dollars into infrastructure and bike riding culture after the Sunshine Coast Daily's Unite for Cam campaign, which pushed to improve attitudes towards cyclists and the region's roads.
"We all deserve to feel safe on the road and we need co-operation from both bike riders and motorists to make this a reality," Mr Bailey said at the time.
Since then, the State Government has committed to several improvements across the Coast, including a new bridge over the Sunshine Motorway, which eventually will link more than 9km of new dedicated lanes and pathways, plus a $2.5 million David Low Way bike lane upgrade.
But Mrs Frewer and Ms Savage said there was a long way to go.
"Five Queensland cyclists have died on our roads this year, representing a 150 per cent year-on-year increase," Ms Savage said.
"I feel deeply dismayed, and my heart goes out to the families who have lost their loved ones.
"Not enough has changed. We will know we have done enough when nobody dies on our roads."
Ms Savage called for stronger deterrents against unsafe driving along with vastly improved infrastructure for cycling and walking.
"The tragedy of Cameron's death, and the thoughtless, senseless, irresponsible action that caused it, are not just a reminder for each of us about our responsibilities on the road," she said.
"It is a call to action for the Queensland Government to step up and strengthen road safety for cyclists."
For Mrs Frewer, after an almost two-year wait, seeing her husband's killer punished isn't the end of her fight for justice.
She has big goals ahead of her to keep pushing for better enforcement of the 1m safe passing laws and educating young drivers on cycling safety.
Next week, she will find out from Sunshine Coast Council if Cameron's angel bike is approved to be placed as a memorial at Currimundi Beach. She also hopes to write a book about her journey.
"I'll never stop fighting, you haven't seen the back of me yet," she said.
"It was Cam's fight, and now it's mine."