A man, who did not want to be named, told The Press he was getting fuel at a Bilbrough Top garage when a woman came running over to him, saying she had hit something.
He said he found a woman lying on a verge, and was unable to find a pulse.
“It looks to me like she was crossing the road towards the garage and was wearing dark clothing,” he said.
He said the driver went into the garage in an hysterical state, and he saw her car’s bumper had come off.
He said: “I can’t believe there are no lights on the road when cars are doing 70mph.”
Cars have lights, though. But if someone’s determined to run out in front of you from the dark verge, wearing dark clothing, rather than cross at a recognised crossing, well…
Local district councillor Richard Musgrave said yesterday he had contacted Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams to call for a full review of safety along the stretch, saying the number of accidents indicated something was wrong.
He said: “The review should look at the problem, the cause of the problem and possible measures to make it safer.
“Options might include overhead lighting, a new footbridge or a speed reduction, similar to a 50mph limit imposed on a stretch of the A1 in Nottinghamshire.”
Or we could just chalk it up to Darwin..?
I mean, seriously, why is a totally-foreseeable accident caused by a person’s own lack of care suddenly a tragedy that prompts soul-searching and demands for more safety measures and the blaming of others?
Incredibly, in thatlast case, not only is the coroner seeking to lay blame at the feet of the police for not closing the road, but the grieving relatives (warning! chavname alert!) are seeking to raise everybody else’s insurance premiums by looking for a payday from the blameless party:
“Our priority now is ensuring that we make sure Shaney-Leigh’s future is secure.
“She has been incredibly brave since the loss of her mother and although nothing can bring Christine back, it is my duty to try and ensure my granddaughter receives as much help as possible throughout her life.”
The family is working with solicitors Irwin Mitchell to determine whether a compensation claim can be made against the insurers of the vehicle Podmore was driving, even though he was not personally insured.