Mother of 12-year-old knocked down in Malden Road, Cheam, calls for improved road safety

This Is Local London: The scene after Jade was knocked down (pic: Simon Densley (The Worcester Park Blog)) The scene after Jade was knocked down (pic: Simon Densley (The Worcester Park Blog))

The mum of a 12-year-old girl badly injured when she was hit by a car has launched a drive to improve road safety in Cheam.

Nicky Hannigan's daughter Jade was left with a broken sternum and is still off school after she was knocked down by a car at the zebra crossing near her house in Malden Road on December 17.

Now Mrs Hannigan and her neighbours are calling on Sutton Council to improve safety measures in the road by cutting the speed limit, putting up signs telling drivers there are schools in the area and replacing the zebra crossing with a pelican crossing. More than 1,000 people have already signed several petitions calling for changes to be made.

Mrs Hannigan said: "Jade is a lot better now but she's still going to be off school for another two weeks. She broke her sternum and it's damaged the muscles in her chest so now every movement is painful for her.

"It happened at the zebra crossing which is right outside our house. Someone had stopped to let her cross and she doesn't remember what happened next but her friend who was with her said the driver coming the other way just didn't see her.

"When she was in hospital she just kept saying 'mummy, I was on the crossing, I did it right' because I've always told her to make sure she uses the crossing.

"That's why I want to see changes - we need a proper crossing with lights and more signs to say there are schools in the area.

"It's not just for Jade, that's happened now, it's to make sure the road is safe for everyone around here."

Petitions have been launched online, at nearby Cheam Fields School and are being delivered door to door. Among those backing the campaign is Malden Road mum Loredana Beasant. She said: "We want to get a pelican crossing put in and to get the speed limit reduced - it's a long stretch of road and in 10 years living here we've seen how fast people drive."

The campaign also has backing from Cheam Councillor Mary Burstow who said: "The problem is especially bad in the evening, when the road is quiet, some drivers think it is OK to just put your foot down and do 50mph.

"I want drivers to get the message, if you speed on the Malden Road, you will get caught!  I would also like to see the zebra crossing to be upgraded to a pelican crossing. Drivers pay more attention to traffic lights."

 

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2:42pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bikemum says...

Heart breaking. Time to get the drivers in this country to get their house in order.
Heart breaking. Time to get the drivers in this country to get their house in order. bikemum
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5:59pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Dooooog says...

I was knocked down on the same crossing in 2001
I was knocked down on the same crossing in 2001 Dooooog
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6:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

GreenBrown says...

I agree, there should be a proper crossing on that stretch of road. It is amazing how many bad drivers there are on the roads today, which is strange because the test has been pretty hard for years and gets harder all the time. It doesn't make sense. Completely unrelated, but up until recently you could just buy a Polish licence with a bung to the instructor and similar practices are still going on around the world today. If you have an EU licence then you can drive in the UK until it expires and if you have a licence from elsewhere then you've got 12 months or something like that. It's all very sensible!
I agree, there should be a proper crossing on that stretch of road. It is amazing how many bad drivers there are on the roads today, which is strange because the test has been pretty hard for years and gets harder all the time. It doesn't make sense. Completely unrelated, but up until recently you could just buy a Polish licence with a bung to the instructor and similar practices are still going on around the world today. If you have an EU licence then you can drive in the UK until it expires and if you have a licence from elsewhere then you've got 12 months or something like that. It's all very sensible! GreenBrown
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7:03pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Nichu44 says...

Poor Jade. It is not acceptable for someone to not look where they are going and hit a child. I agree that there should probably be a pelican crossing there but it's a shame that people can't be trusted to stop and wait of their own volition. I get really annoyed when people don't stop at zebra crossings. I was taught to anticipate them, so if you see a pedestrian near a zebra crossing you prepare to stop. I also get annoyed when motorists expect me to thank them when they let me cross. Read the highway code!
Poor Jade. It is not acceptable for someone to not look where they are going and hit a child. I agree that there should probably be a pelican crossing there but it's a shame that people can't be trusted to stop and wait of their own volition. I get really annoyed when people don't stop at zebra crossings. I was taught to anticipate them, so if you see a pedestrian near a zebra crossing you prepare to stop. I also get annoyed when motorists expect me to thank them when they let me cross. Read the highway code! Nichu44
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1:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

NJP1972 says...

I drive past this crossing often and am not surprised that somebody has sadly been knocked down. The crossing is very poorly lit and drivers can be dazzled by headlights from oncoming cars. This problem is excacerbated because the road itself is on an incline. I always drive with caution (especially in the dark) when approaching the crossing in case a pedestrian appears wanting to cross, but then I know the crossing is there.
I drive past this crossing often and am not surprised that somebody has sadly been knocked down. The crossing is very poorly lit and drivers can be dazzled by headlights from oncoming cars. This problem is excacerbated because the road itself is on an incline. I always drive with caution (especially in the dark) when approaching the crossing in case a pedestrian appears wanting to cross, but then I know the crossing is there. NJP1972
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3:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

labyrinth says...

It's worse in Anne Boleyn's Walk, with both a junior & a senior school and drivers using it as a fast cut through. Yet, it's surrounded by roads like Burdon Lane which have speed humps, and when residents begged the council for a 20 mph limit along ABW, they were actually laughed at by councillors.
It's worse in Anne Boleyn's Walk, with both a junior & a senior school and drivers using it as a fast cut through. Yet, it's surrounded by roads like Burdon Lane which have speed humps, and when residents begged the council for a 20 mph limit along ABW, they were actually laughed at by councillors. labyrinth
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8:46am Fri 24 Jan 14

Lirva12 says...

I drive up this road (towards Cheam Village) every weekday evening at 5.45pm. The issue is not the speed at this time of day (lucky to even hit 25 mph) but the lighting at the crossing specifically on the left hand side (the otherside has a lamp post to aid with light). This crossing should definitaely be a pelican crossing!
I drive up this road (towards Cheam Village) every weekday evening at 5.45pm. The issue is not the speed at this time of day (lucky to even hit 25 mph) but the lighting at the crossing specifically on the left hand side (the otherside has a lamp post to aid with light). This crossing should definitaely be a pelican crossing! Lirva12
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