“On a dreary night in December, my husband and son were driving along the Forty Foot Bank. They went into the water and were fully submerged. They never came home.”

These words, spoken by Michelle Lynch, left 160 Year 11 students in stunned silence last Wednesday.

Mrs Lynch, of Mill Green, was speaking as part of a special "2Young2Die" presentation at Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, to coincide with national Road Safety Week.

The 43-year-old re-lived the night in December 2005 when she lost her 28-year-old husband Dean Hawes and their seven-year-old son Jordan.

"I specifically wanted to talk to students at Cromwell," she told The Hunts Post. "Jordan would be in Year 10 there now. I was determined to hold it together and I think it had quite an impact - not just on the students but on the teachers as well.

"In one fell swoop I lost two people who had most of their lives in front of them."

Mrs Lynch hopes to make it an annual visit. "It was emotional and next year it will be even more so as Jordan's friends will be in the audience.

"I do keep in contact with some of them. I've seen them grow and I obviously wonder what Jordan would have looked like and what he would be doing. One of his friends has a girlfriend now and I wonder if Jordan would have one. He probably would."

Average speed cameras were activated along the Forty Foot in 2010 following a series of fatal accidents.

Jose Marme-laria, 49, Carlos De Olivira, 46 and Cidalina Oliveira, 57, from Peterborough, died in February 2006 when their car went into the water and Paul Atkinson, 43, from Ely, died in December 2006 - again a car went into the water.

Mrs Lynch moved from Chatteris to Milton Keynes after the 2005 crash.

She has remarried and lives in Warboys with her husband Craig, five-year-old son Logan and Jordan's older brother Daniel.