Twelve months on and danger road stays the same

A MUM from Weston has spent a year living in a hospital while her son continues to battle the horrific injuries he suffered when he was hit by a speeding car. Brendon Ford, now aged 12, was crossing Marchfields Way, near Wyvern Community School, when he

A MUM from Weston has spent a year living in a hospital while her son continues to battle the horrific injuries he suffered when he was hit by a speeding car. Brendon Ford, now aged 12, was crossing Marchfields Way, near Wyvern Community School, when he was hit on October 15, 2006. He sustained brain damage and serious injuries to his leg, pelvis, liver and collarbone.His mum, Donna Kibby, of Bournville Road, moved into a room above the ward in Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where Brendon was transferred after the accident. The 34-year-old said: "I stay with Brendon every day, which means I only get to see my three other children at weekends when they come up to the hospital with family members. I have probably only been home for a total of four weeks."Donna's friends and family have been campaigning to make Marchfields Way safer ever since the horror.More than 1,000 signatures have been collected on a petition calling for traffic calming measures. It has been handed to south ward councillor Ian Parker who will present it at the next full meeting of North Somerset Council on October 23.Donna's sister Kelly, aged 24, said: "So many people have been supportive of our campaign. I really would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and all those who helped collect the signatures."Brendon was such a lively kid before the accident happened. He was into football and loved riding his bike."He was a typical young boy, a little bit naughty but so loveable."Brendon was hit by a Vauxhall Astra and the 22-year-old driver, Alistair Shears, was convicted of careless driving by magistrates in June this year.He received a community order of 150 hours unpaid work, was fined £200 and disqualified from driving for two years. Brendon's head injury meant a substantial part of his skull had to be removed and he has been left unable to talk properly, eat solid foods or live independently. He had begun to spend weekends at home before a fit three weeks ago left him too weak to get in and out of his wheelchair.Brendon has been waiting for more than four months for a titanium plate to be fitted to his skull and it will be a while until he will be able to return home.Donna's mum, Carol, has been looking after her three other children, Curtis, aged 14, Shauni, aged seven, and Finley, aged two, while she has been with Brendon.Donna said: "This past year has been like a horrifying rollercoaster. We just want to get off it and try to return to some sort of normality." "That road really needs to be made safer. There's not much point lowering the speed limit because the driver who hit Brendon was way above it anyway."But I do think there should be traffic calming measures installed or clear lighting near spots where children cross the road.


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