Fresh calls for action after girl is hit by car

Friday Street RTC SUS-141217-125750001
Friday Street RTC SUS-141217-125750001

Fresh calls have been made for road safety measures to be put in place on Friday Street after another child was hit by a car on Monday morning.

A Willingdon School pupil was catching the bus at around 8am on Monday (February 23) when she was hit by a passing car.

The 14-year-old girl was treated at the scene for head and leg injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital as a precaution. With this incident coming just two months after five-year-old Andrea Gada was tragically killed on the same busy stretch of road, the pressure being put on East Sussex County Council to do something about it is ever increasing. An online petition for either a traffic signal controlled crossing or a zebra crossing has reached more than 700 signatures, while residents are also asking for the speed limit to be reduced from 40 to 30mph.

Brian Banks, road safety manager at ESCC said, “We were sorry to hear about this accident and wish the child involved a speedy recovery.

“The incident is currently being investigated by Sussex Police and any highways issues found to be associates will be raised with us and addressed.”

Langney county councillor Alan Shuttleworth, said, “We can do something positive as a community to improve road safety. Friday Street is a very busy and fast road. It can be difficult to cross safely, and there are an increasing number of people of all ages crossing.”Visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/traffic-lights-or-zebra-crossing-at-friday-street.