A shocked driver involved in a collision with a teenage girl this week is leading calls for improved safety measures on that stretch of road.
The 15-year-old girl, a pupil of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, suffered minor injuries in the incident in Stonebridge Road on Wednesday, at a spot which has seen several similar occurences in the past.
There was nothing I could’ve done to prevent it. She’d hit the car before I even knew what was happeningDean Frazier
Behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Vectra involved was Dean Frazier, of Brittain Drive, Grantham. He was metres from the turning into Grantham College, where he was due to pick up his son, when the impact happened.
Mr Frazier, 51, said: “I was following another car and was only doing about 15 to 20mph. I was just about to indicate to turn right into the college, just before the entrance, and the next minute a girl was on my car and then on the floor.
“Witnesses said she ran from nowhere across the road.”
Passers-by rushed to her side to help while Mr Frazier called an ambulance. Emergency services arrived minutes later, at around 3.50pm.
Mr Frazier said: “She was laid on the floor and people were helping her. I gave her some towels as she was bleeding from her mouth.
“She hit the front of the car – it was a terrible experience. I couldn’t sleep at all that night. But there was nothing I could’ve done to prevent it. She’d hit the car before I even knew what was happening.”
The teenager suffered minor injuries to the left side of her body, including her head, chest and leg, according to a spokesman for the East Midlands Ambulance Service. She was taken to Lincoln County Hospital for treatment.
Readers might remember that back in April, a 10-year-old boy, a pupil of National Junior School, was struck by a car and was airlifted from The Paddock to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. He also suffered minor injuries.
Keen to prevent anyone else going through such a traumatic experience, as a driver and as a pedestrian, Mr Frazier is calling on the authorities to make significant safety improvements along the stretch of road, which is close to both KGGS and Grantham College, and a route many parents and children take to get to nearby primary schools.
His calls are echoed by the headteacher of KGGS, David Scott. He said: “Whilst it seems it was an accident, I would certainly add my voice to any calls for permanent measures which could be put into place to improve the safety of all pedestrians and road users along the stretch of Stonebridge Road, which is adjacent to the entrance to Grantham College and to one of the exits for our school.
“We frequently advise our students about their safety in and around school, and in particular when near to traffic. Despite the high numbers of pedestrians in the area around 4pm, there are, fortunately, few accidents, but I feel that the placement of a crossing somewhere along the road would help everyone.”
And according to Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for highways and transportation Councillor Richard Davies, improvements are in the pipeline.
He said: “We’re sorry to hear about this unfortunate accident, and hope the young lady makes a speedy recovery.
“We have been working with Grantham College as part of their expansion programme which was approved earlier this year, and have a major improvement scheme planned for the junction of Sandon Road, Harrowby Road and Stonebridge Road.
“Before the college’s planning application was agreed, we had looked at the traffic levels on surrounding roads and junctions, and as a result the college was required to allocate land which would be necessary to allow the improvements to go ahead.
“These will include a pedestrian crossing, road widening to reduce congestion, and improved cycle and footway facilities – all of which will significantly improve conditions and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
“These are currently being designed and we’re aiming for the work to be undertaken next year.”
Involved in these road safety plans is the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP). In fact, earlier this week, before the incident on Wednesday, LRSP spokesman John Siddle spoke to the Journal about the area around the college. He said: “The area is of interest to our engineers now.
“After some work around our data analysis they have identified a number of issues with junctions in the area and will look at what remedial measures they can put in place to prevent any further incidents.”