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Lollipop man suffers second hit-and-run in Lincoln in four months

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

Dave Ellis

Worrying: Dave Ellis has been hit by a car twice in four months while carrying out his duties as a lollipop man.

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A lollipop man says he is fed up of putting his "life on the line" after falling victim to a second hit-and-run in four months.

David Ellis, 41, has warned children's lives are also being put at risk as drivers refuse to stop when asked outside Monks Abbey Primary School in Lincoln.

Mr Ellis said he was left "shaken" when a female driver struck him from behind while he attempted to escort a group of pupils across Milman Road safely.

The Echo reported in May how a similar incident caused Mr Ellis to suffer a broken hand. The driver in that incident was never traced.

"It is beginning to feel like I am putting my life on the line every time I step out onto the street," said Mr Ellis, who lives in Lincoln.

"When you are getting hit by cars you can't help but wonder whether it's worth the trouble.

"There was static traffic as cars waited to get onto Monks Road. That is when I walked between two cars to help the children across.

"As they crossed the road, a couple of cars in front of me pulled forward. I had my back to the car behind me and the next thing I was being hit in the back of the leg and the car drove on.

"The driver, a woman, shouted sorry but just carried on – without asking how I was.

"The problem I most worry about is the one of children's safety.

"This happened during the morning run and I recorded the incident with the police.

"During the afternoon run there were nine different drivers that didn't stop when I stepped out into the road. What chance do these children have? Something needs to be done. It is very worrying and it is just a matter of time before something really serious could happen."

Sue Blyth, assistant head teacher at Monks Abbey School, said: "We are really concerned about what is happening outside our school. The whole traffic situation on Monks Road is terrible. Even when teachers go out to grab a sandwich at lunch, they feel they are taking their life in their hands.

We don't want children to be at risk and this is a huge concern. Motorists just drive far too fast."

The school has 425 pupils.

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Police is appealing for witnesses.

Anyone who saw the incident is urged to call the non-emergency number, 101.

Police spokesman James Newall said they were looking for the driver of a silver Citroen Saxo in connection with the incident.

He added: "Drivers need to stop when they are asked because lollipop people play a very important role in taking children across busy roads."

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 21 2012, 10:44PM

    Dailyman - Why would police be trying to catch people doing 70 on a dual carriageway, when the limit on a dual carriageway is 70 mph? Are you the idiot who brakes from 65 to 55 approaching the camera on the southbound Lincoln bypass between the A15 and A57? Vexxed - It's not about manners. If a school crossing patrol lollipop is placed vertically on the road, it has a legal 'Stop' meaning. If however the patrol worker waves it in the air or holds it horizontally (as a previous Boultham Park Road worker did) it has no meaning. Zebra crossings are similar - if you put your foot on the crossing, traffic must stop. Traffic has no obligation to stop for people standing on the pavement without any indication of intent to cross. Parents who stop to chat next to zebra crossings increase the risk to their children. I am a big fan of road safety, spending much of my life on the road, but am frustrated at poor safety standards exhibited by school crossing staff.

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  • InsideStory  |  September 21 2012, 6:32PM

    A pelican crossing should have been installed at the junction of Millman Road ,Monk's Road and stop both roads at the same time so parents,children,general public can cross over both roads in which ever direction they need to cross while the traffic on both roads are on red ,also both sides of the road should have fencing to prevent people crossing anywhere other than the crossings . The present pedestrian crossing is too close to the school entrance where parents often congregate to natter making it confusing for motorists not knowing if they are crossing or just hanging about.

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  • crispydoodle  |  September 21 2012, 2:33PM

    ""My Daughter attends this school, and crossing the road on Monks Rd crossing & Milman Road is an absolute nightmare" That will be because its so busy with parents delivering children to school then i guess - Catch 22 fully applied." . You would think that would be the case Roadscource, however my child attends a club before and after the school hours, i can assure you, at the times im dropping off and collecting, its no different!

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  • eatmygoal  |  September 21 2012, 1:31PM

    "can the same narrow minded coppers turn up at school during opening and closing times and put me 3 points back on and give me a 60 quid prize when they see me driving at 20mph instead of 30mph" And where's my X box for not drink driving this year?

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  • Roadscource  |  September 21 2012, 1:04PM

    "Every road outside a school should have a mandatory 20mph speed limit zone between 8am and 9am and between 3pm and 4pm" I totally agree, but then this is not needed because drivers negotiating this type of situation will automatically reduce their speed below that of the limit and drive with extra caution. However, when on an empty motorway and i increase my speed to 80mph because the situation permits it safely i end up with 3 points - can the same narrow minded coppers turn up at school during opening and closing times and put me 3 points back on and give me a 60 quid prize when they see me driving at 20mph instead of 30mph no, can they heck, well its NO SURPRISE that Brits drive like we do then is it?

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  • Roadscource  |  September 21 2012, 12:56PM

    "My Daughter attends this school, and crossing the road on Monks Rd crossing & Milman Road is an absolute nightmare" That will be because its so busy with parents delivering children to school then i guess - Catch 22 fully applied.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 21 2012, 12:52PM

    John East, Chairman, MRNI, can you explain to me why it is only David Ellis that keeps getting run over and not children? Perhaps the Road Safety Partnership could investigate his actions and provide him with a Method Statement for safe working.

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  • Vexxed  |  September 21 2012, 12:12PM

    The biggest problem is, pedestrian crossings and "Lollipop People" rely on the manners of the driver to stop and observe the situation on either side of the crossing. If I see a pedestrian about to use a crossing I stop. It's no hassle to me. Unfortunately, others do not afford the same courtesy.

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  • crispydoodle  |  September 21 2012, 11:33AM

    My Daughter attends this school, and crossing the road on Monks Rd crossing & Milman Road is an absolute nightmare, luckily i dont ever need to use the crossing on Monks Rd, but when i walk past i see so many parents with children waiting to cross and drivers seem to be completly oblivious to it!! Theres no reduction in speed, no change in driving habit what so ever as people approach it. As for Milman Road, crossing there is like Russian Roulette!! Cars belt around the corner from Monks road to travel up the hill like theres not a minute left to live.

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  • Phil1W  |  September 21 2012, 11:04AM

    That last comment should have ended with - on the steep hill.

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