SCHOOL PALS of road victim Jenny Williamson are planning a roadside tribute at the spot where she was killed by a speeding motorist.

Jenny, from Eastham, was 16 when was mown down by a car travelling at twice the 30mph speed limit.

A judge told 21-year-old driver Andrew Stephens, "You are a menace when behind the steering wheel. You have a reputation generally, and even within your body of friends, for driving at far too fast speeds."

He was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Friends and teachers at South Wirral High School rallied round to plan a memorial stone to be placed on Eastham Rake near the junction with Mill Park Drive, where the tragedy occurred.

Head teacher Catherine McCormack said she was proud that Jenny's friends had decided to make sure she was always remembered.

She commented: "She was a lovely, gentle, quiet girl who was very popular with her friends. She was very studious and an ever-smiling member of our school."

Jenny's father Peter Williamson described the gesture by her daughter's friends as "fantastic."

He remarked: "When the tragedy happened they had a collection throughout the school and collected about £300. They didn't know what to do with it until someone came up with the idea of a memorial.

"I am quite happy with the idea; there is already a constant floral tribute at the spot which is looked after by Jenny's friends."

After the Liverpool Crown Court hearing, Mr Williamson described his daughter as "a very happy person who would do anything for anyone." He said her friends would always come to her with their problems.

He added: "She wanted to be a social worker and she would have been really good at that. It has been very difficult coping without her, but I just have to think to myself 'you have got to get through this and you have got to cope."

The family have a 15-year-old daughter called Helen and an eight-year-old son, Michael.

After studying the request from Jenny's friends Wirral council's environment and transportation select committee instructed technical services director Dave Green to prepare a policy for the siting of memorial stones on the highway. They will further consider the application for Jenny's memorial at their next meeting on November 3.

q Full court report on page 3