Isaac's Hill accident dad calls for road safety improvements
THE father of a young autistic woman who was in collision with a car has joined calls for safety improvements to be made near a busy Cleethorpes roundabout.
As reported, a 23-year-old woman was taken to Grimsby's, Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital after she was in collision with a silver Nissan Micra driven by a woman on the crossing just before the roundabout outside her home on Monday.
The young woman has Aspergers syndrome and was crossing the road at Isaac's Hill with her carer at the time. She was knocked unconscious and taken to hospital with head injuries and whiplash.
The accident prompted shocked onlookers to call for improved safety, because they think the zebra crossings on the Grimsby Road and Clee Road exits are too close to the roundabout, making it hard for drivers to slow down in time.
Now the victim's father, Brian, 58 – who did not want his daughter to be named – has joined in, because there are a number of "vulnerable adults" – including his daughter – who are living in the area.
He and his wife were on a camping holiday at the time but rushed back when they were told of their daughter's accident.
He said: "We were significantly traumatised when we got the phone call. We just didn't know what to expect when we got to the hospital. We were told she had head injuries and was strapped to a spinal board in an ambulance. You assume the worst.
"We don't get away often and when we do, even though she has carers, we worry about her and we never stray very far. For us it is a bit of respite time, but now we are worried about going away again. Yesterday, our worst fears came true, but we know it could have been far worse.
"Within this area there are a number of houses that cater for individuals like our daughter to give them independent living with the help of carers.
"The council needs to be aware that there are people living in this area and using these roads that have significant learning difficulties.
"Drivers also need to be aware. Every day my daughter and other people cross that road to catch the bus, a lot of them are vulnerable adults. I have real concerns for this happening again."
While his daughter's physical injuries were minor, Brian is worried about the impact it will have on her psychologically, especially as she has only just moved out.
He fears her accident may set her back as it goes against everything she has learned about road safety – a concept people with Aspergers would struggle to understand.
He said: "She has only just found her feet getting around the place and then this happens. It could have been far worse.
"The impact this will have on her life remains to be seen at the moment. People with Aspergers like repetition and routine, and part of her routine was crossing the road safely by using the zebra crossing. She was taught that if she is on the crossing she is safe. What happened to her goes against that and it could be very difficult for her to readjust to that."
Jason Longhurst, head of development at the council, said: "We do take the local environment and residents into consideration when planning for road safety. However, in this case, accident records do not indicate that there is a road safety problem.
"As a result, we are not at the moment proposing any changes to the crossings."