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School crossing in Lincoln 'is 'most dangerous' in the county

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

David Ellis has been injured twice at the junction

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A school crossing in Lincoln has been branded "the worst in the county" after a lollipop man was hit by a car for the third time in five months.

The Echo reported last month how David Ellis, 41, had fallen victim to a second hit-and-run outside Monks Abbey Primary School.

Now, a resident in Milman Road is calling for highways bosses to re-think their policy and introduce new safety measures in the east end of the city following a third accident.

The first accident was in May when Mr Ellis was hit by a car and broke his hand.

He then suffered bruises to one of his legs and was badly shaken following a similar case in September.

Lincolnshire Police is now investigating again after Mr Ellis was clipped when trying to help a parent cross the busy road.

Hundreds of children attending Monks Abbey School are in the area during peak times.

John Siddle, spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: "We have never known a school patrolling crossing like this one.

"It has to be the worst in the county. Cases like this are just unprecedented and it is quite shocking.

"The level of abuse David Ellis is receiving is terrible and drivers are simply not sticking to the rules.

"We appreciate that people are busy and in a hurry to get to places but the driving of some people in this residential area is crazy.

"Mr Ellis' luck will only hold out for so long.

"He is in a very precarious position.

"This is a real spot for children and their parents and motorists need to drive responsibly before something very, very serious happens."

Echo reader Neil Sharpe lives on nearby Milman Road.

He said: "I now watch out of my window with the telephone, ready to call the emergency services.

"Since the Echo reported the story about David Ellis getting hit for a second time I have witnessed at least three more incidents – one involving a parent."

Lincolnshire County Council's principal highways officer, Jeanne Gibson, said: "I would like to urge all motorists to drive with exceptional care on this road.

"We are carrying out some further road safety measures including refreshing the lines on the road, possible repositioning of the flashing lights on the approach to the junction, and using more distinctive yellow backing boards for the signs, so they stand out more clearly to motorists."

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: "We are talking about a repeat victim which makes this a real priority."

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  • phantom-fluff  |  November 21 2012, 9:11AM

    I wonder if there would be less incidents if the crossing patrol did not stop the traffic for every individual child, when I was a child we had to wait with the "lollipop lady" until there was group of us before we crossed, today they can't wait and this can be annoying for drivers. I have even seen them cross an adult and step out to stop traffic before the child even got to the stopping point. Maybe the cameras should be watching the crossing patrol men.

  • mrpdoff  |  October 11 2012, 9:15PM

    How about replacing him with a zebra crossing like the one round the corner on Monks Rd that would make drivers stop,not.

  • simonlincs  |  October 11 2012, 7:56PM

    They should change the picture on his lolly pop to one of a man being knocked over

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  • waviestcatt1  |  October 11 2012, 7:53PM

    Does the Crossing patrol person not have to wear hi-vis clothing so that drivers can clearly see them on the road?

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  • InsideStory  |  October 11 2012, 6:46PM
  • InsideStory  |  October 11 2012, 6:34PM

    Too many parked vehicles near to crossing,parents nattering next to opening to crossing,school gates to close to crossing opening . Lights is exactly what is needed if motorists ignore everything else.

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  • Roadscource  |  October 11 2012, 5:10PM

    "The level of abuse David Ellis is receiving is terrible and drivers are simply not sticking to the rules" Surely that should be laws Mr Siddle not rules?

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  • SS29252  |  October 11 2012, 3:37PM

    Whether or not Mr Ellis is doing the job properly, if these incidents continue he's likely to be replaced by a light - controlled crossing, preferably one with CCTV. Then the hurrying motorists will have to stop for much longer than they do for a lollipop and they'll be caught if they jump the lights.

  • Roadscource  |  October 11 2012, 11:39AM

    Youd think hed have learned to take down the number plate, if not the first time then at least the second and third time....or is it all a plot to get the Council to leap into action?

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  • GeorgeSomme  |  October 11 2012, 11:23AM

    Has anyone been convicted of any offence following these incidents, seems a bit odd if he has been hit by 3 untraced hit and runs during times when you would expect plenty of witnesses.

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