Mother in safety call after teenager nearly loses leg

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 December 2010

Christian Meader

Christian Meader

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THE mother of a teenager who nearly lost his leg after he was involved in a crash is backing calls for a ‘notorious’ accident blackspot to be made safer.

Christian Meader needed an operation to reattach the arteries in his leg following the incident which happened on Bideford Road in Worle.

His mum Debra, a trained nurse, said her son is lucky to be alive and she is supporting campaigners who are calling for traffic calming measures to be introduced on the road.

Christian, an apprentice at Crown Metal, was travelling along the road on his moped when he swerved to avoid a car which was pulling out of a junction on November 30.

He was taken to Weston General Hospital and was then transferred to Bristol Royal Infirmary where he underwent two major operations to save his foot and leg.

Debra, aged 52, said: “How he wasn’t killed or didn’t have more injuries I don’t know.

“The way he fell was so awkward that he was in the ambulance for an hour before they took him to hospital and his bike is pretty much a write-off.”

Christian is still recovering after his ordeal but was discharged from hospital last week just in time for Christmas.

Meanwhile concerned residents, motorists and pedestrians have joined a Facebook group called ‘Bideford Road needs traffic control’.

The group, which has more than 240 members, was set up by mum-of-three Sharon Winter.

She told the Mercury that since she moved to the area in March there have been four accidents on that stretch of road.

The 30-year-old said: “I will be setting up a petition soon to campaign for traffic calming measures.

“If we don’t do something soon then someone will be killed.”

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “The council has been asked to have a look at the road following the latest collision.

“We have done that and there are no obvious or unusual hazards along the road.

“We now need to look at what, if any, other measures we can introduce but that is based on the number of recorded injury accidents over a three-year period.”

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