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Dad of injured boy calls for 20mph speed limit through Lincolnshire village

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

Collision: A nine-year-old boy was injured after crossing a busy road

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A dad whose son suffered a head injury after being hit by a car wants the speed limit dropped to 20mph.

Nigel Winkle, 47, is demanding action after Sam, 9, was injured in the crash near the Post Office in Hemswell Cliff.

Sam was on his way to buy milk for his mum when he was hit by a black Ford Escort on the A631.

He was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary before being transferred to St James University Hospital in Leeds.

Police said his condition improved over the weekend and he was transferred back to Hull for further treatment, where he remains.

The driver, a man from Doncaster, was not injured.

Mr Winkle, a salesman, who lives in Lloyd Place, in the village, now wants the 50mph speed limit reduced by 30mph near the crash site.

"He was just going to get a pint of milk for my wife," said Mr Winkle.

"I don't know if my lad just stepped out in front of the car or if the car saw him or not.

"But that's not the point. It's just happened and I'm not apportioning blame.

"We need a pedestrian crossing between the camp side of the village, where the primary school and the shop are, and the other houses over the road.

"The speed limit needs to be put down to 20mph, just like outside schools, simply because the only access to the shop – the only shop in the area – is across that road.

"Kids are running back and forwards all the time for milk and sweets and whatever – it's just unfortunate that my boy has been injured."

Dad-of-three Walter Smith, 27, who lives in the village, shared Mr Winkle's safety concerns.

"Kids are crossing the road all the time and I'd like to see the speed limit through the village lowered as well," he said.

Before the speed camera was installed in the village in 2004, six people were killed or seriously injured in crashes, compared to two since then.

There is also a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the A631 near the Post Office.

But residents say more people are now crossing to use the store since the shop on the camp side of the main road closed.

Chairman of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council Vicki Kirman said: "We have already started the process of asking the county council for a lower speed limit.

"Somehow we have to reduce the limit but the only thing I can think of is the 'slow down' signs that illuminate if people go too fast.

"Over the last 20 years we have worked really hard to improve road safety and we now have a pedestrian refuge, a 50mph limit, double yellow lines, a narrower road and a speed camera."

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership was unable to comment as the police investigation into the crash on September 7 is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the county council is to reduce the 60mph speed limit in Swinhope Road, Brookenby, near Market Rasen, to 40mph after Donna Sleight, 11, was struck by a car on July 25.

She suffered a bleed on the brain but recovered.

Witnesses to the crash at Hemswell Cliff, which happened at about 6pm on Friday, September 7, should call Lincolnshire Police on 101.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  September 19 2012, 2:02PM

    A counter arguement could be that a narrower road can be crossed quicker and therefore a pedestrian is exposed to danger for a shorter time. There could be a case for a zebra crossing, but like the pedestrian refuge 'you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink'.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 19 2012, 12:52PM

    "Over the last 20 years we have worked really hard to improve road safety and we now have a pedestrian refuge, a 50mph limit, double yellow lines, a NARROWER ROAD and a speed camera." The narrowing of the road must make it difficult for a vehicle driver to take evasive action around something in the road. What a total unimprovement.

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  • Borninskeggy  |  September 18 2012, 6:37PM

    Thankfully it would appear Sam is going to be ok, but to be fair this is nothing to do with the diversionary tactics relating to a speed limit......there's no way I'd send my 10 year old to the shop on his own, road sense or not.

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  • polcop  |  September 18 2012, 6:31PM

    Why do people have this knee jerk reaction to speed each time there is an accident, sorry collision (pc)? If you choose to live in a village near a main road which has a speed limit of 50 mph then you must take that in to account and not suddenly want to change things when a collision occurs. The full facts are obviously not fully known so no blame ( if there is any) can be attached to anyone until the investigation is complete. Personally i feel it is wrong that every time this happens and newspapers give people a platform to demand lower speed limit it is essentially wrong. They should not print such comments until the result of the investigation is known then anyone who opposes such reductions can then speak with the correct knowledge of the facts as can anyone who supports a reduction. So perhaps newspapers could do their bit for factual reporting rather than giving a platform to these emotional knee jerk reactions. Last year i saw another local newspaper filled with vitriol and so called eye witness reports about how a speeding driver had knocked down a young boy who was fighting for his life- it turned out the boy literally ran out in front of the car while accompanied by his parents - the car driver was travelling well under the 30 mph limit and driving correctly for the conditions. Of course none of this was reported front page just a small inside page piece about no further action taken against the driver. food for thought perhaps On a final note i do hope that the young lad make a full and speedy recovery

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  • sam_bee19  |  September 18 2012, 2:48PM

    Why can't young people cross the road in safety these days.... Because they don't know how unless they press a button and wait for the green man.... Where's Tufty and the green cross code???.... Children should be taught how to cross the road from a very young age.

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  • Sweepclean  |  September 18 2012, 2:35PM

    Hi Mr Winkle I do apologise for saying it was your daughter in the accident instead of saying your son Sam I must learn to read things more carefully, any way I hope Sam soon gets better.

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  • Sweepclean  |  September 18 2012, 2:06PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your daughters accident and also that I've got to ask the following questions. Has your wife got a younger child to look after or is she unable to get out to the shop through some disability or other herself. Because if not then she should have gone to the shop for the milk herself then this probably wouldn't have happened and would have been prevented. But as we don't know the full circumstances of this accident just yet it's to early to say how it could have been prevented.

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  • Sedgepeat  |  September 18 2012, 1:08PM

    20 MPH for one shop? Clearly the driver wasn't doing anywhere near 50 or the child wouldn't have survived. People in the road will always be dangerous; especially main trunk roads.

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  • Numb_Chumpy  |  September 18 2012, 11:22AM

    "I don't know if my lad just stepped out in front of the car or if the car saw him or not. But that's not the point." I'm afraid that's exactly the point. If he did step out in front of a car then some basic road awareness training is in order.

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