Pedestrian death sparks road safety calls

PUBLISHED: 08:57 17 December 2012


CALLS have been made to improve a 'dangerous' road following the death of an elderly woman who died after ending up trapped under a lorry.

A petition is being started by Worle residents to make the village safer after 82-year-old pedestrian Mary Pinn died on December 10.

She was pronounced dead at the scene after an incident involving a Mercedes lorry at the junction of Worle High Street and Nutwell Road. Police officers closed the surrounding streets for more than five hours following the accident at about 1.15pm.

Local shopkeeper Ian Fillingham said Mrs Pinn, who lived in Spring Hill for several decades, would be sorely missed.

She was a popular member of the village’s history society and had visited his store, Mace newsagents, every day for the past six years.

Mr Fillingham said: “She was always very happy and she would say hello to everybody. It’s a shock to the system and it’s horrible so close to Christmas.”

It is the third serious crash in Worle during the past month and Mrs Pinn’s death has brought the issue of road safety back into the public spotlight.

Business owners, a previous accident victim and her neighbours are now calling for more safety measures to be introduced.

Pedestrians Carol Hughes and Lil Read were both taken to hospital on November 2 after colliding with a car and a passenger had to be cut free from a two-vehicle crash in Coronation Road three weeks ago.

Miss Hughes said her carer Ms Read was making slow progress after the pair were both injured when they collided with a Land Rover as it turned from the High Street into Lawrence Road.

Ms Read, aged 70, is still being treated in Weston General Hospital and Miss Hughes has received more treatment this week on the hand injury she suffered.

The 51-year-old said her thoughts were with Mrs Pinn’s family and said she believes Ms Read and herself are lucky to be alive themselves.

Miss Hughes said: “I’m absolutely horrified. That road is very dangerous.

“It’s a small village and it is turning into a race track and it’s up to the council or police to sort it out. Something has to be done.”

In 2006 North Somerset Council proposed making High Street one-way in a bid to reduce the number of accidents.

But the idea was not popular with many businesses fearing trade would be lost.

Phil Press, who owns Avenue Dry Cleaners and Laundrette which is situated 300 yards away from Monday’s crash site, said recent events had led him to have a change of heart.

He said: “I was all for not shutting the High Street and keeping it two-way but we can’t have people dying in the street. The amount of traffic is just too much for the street to manage.”

He said if a one-way street is not viable, then a 20mph speed limit ought to be considered.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident to call them on 101.

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