Call for speed camera after "caring" mother and son die in car crash in Ewell

Floral tributes and teddy bears left by the side of the road in memory of a mother and son

Floral tributes and teddy bears left by the side of the road in memory of a mother and son

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In the wake of a fatal car crash that killed a mother and son, more than 650 people have signed a petition calling for a speed camera on the road to prevent another tragedy.

Nicola Morris, 29, and her son Kai Arnold, 11, died in a head-on collision on a bend in Banstead Road, Ewell, on Saturday, July 5, at about 10.30am.

Another crash victim, a woman in her 50s, remains in a serious condition in a London hospital.  

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Although the cause of this accident has yet to be established, Ms Morris’ former colleague Kathryn McCourt, 25, has started a petition to make the road safer and prevent speeding.

Ms McCourt, from Stoneleigh, said: "The reason I set this up is not only for Nicola and Kai and to ensure another tragic accident like this never happens again - where a loving mother and her son lose their lives - but to stop people speeding down this road as it is a very dangerous road."

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Ms McCourt said there has already been great support for the petition but she needs 1,500 signatures before Surrey County Council will take it seriously.

She said: "I think by adding a speed camera it will ensure no one speeds, I know the road is a very long one but towards the middle of the road is the most dangerous!

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Nicola Morris

"I know people use the gym regularly at night so I really believe that by adding one people will be more cautious whilst driving down the road.

"If we try to reduce the speed then at least we have tried to save more lives."

Ms McCourt and Ms Morris worked together at Teddies Nurseries in Epsom from 2012 to 2013, before they both later left the company.

Ms McCourt said: "She was such a loving, caring person and really easy to talk to, she was very approachable and always smiling!"

She added: "I saw her only a couple of weeks before she died, she was talking about her wedding plans and was chuffed that Kai had got into his high school of his choice! She was so happy!

"It's so tragic, my brother had told me on the Saturday about a lady and her son being killed and it was horrible, I could only think of the family. Then later on in the night I found out it was Nicola.

"I was in shock for a good week, her poor family, she was so looking forward to getting married and always talking about Kai and Alfie her other son.

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Kai Arnold

"It's so horrible to think about it, such a terrible shame. She was such a delight to work with and talk to, never complained about anything and always such a hard worker!

"On the Sunday me and a few girls who worked with Nicola went to lay flowers, we also signed one of my old teddies T-shirts and left it there, she will always be a part of Teddies Epsom.

"We have had a lot of support from people with the petition but we still need more signatures."

On Saturday community Facebook group, What’s On in Banstead, posted: "Two weeks ago Nicola and Kai tragically lost their lives so young in a horrific collision on Banstead Road.

"Their family have asked me to pass on their thanks to all the well wishers and also some details about them being laid to rest.

"The funeral is being held on Friday the 25th July and the cortege will be starting in Woodmansterne at 12.30pm.

"It will be circling round to Woodmansterne School where Kai was a pupil and then round to the Woodman Pub and on down Woodmansterne Lane.

"At around 12.40/12.45 it will be travelling the length of Banstead High Street before going on to a service for family and friends.

"There is a trust fund being set up for Alfie as so many people have wanted to give something to him and other donations for the air ambulance.

"It would be really nice for Banstead Village to show it's support to the family so if you are around these locations please just stop for a moment when you see them come past."

Sign the petition at www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/local-council-responsible-add-a-speed-camera-on-banstead-road-to-stop-more-accidents

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1:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

alroutemaster says...

Unfortunately a speed camera is no real deterrent nowadays, a few quid and points on your licence, and that's if they actually catch you. We need to take action against all forms of dangerous driving, including using a phone and texting as well as speeding. For all those offences it should be a minimum one year ban for a first offence and five years ban for a second. Three of these type of offences and you're banned. For life.
Unfortunately a speed camera is no real deterrent nowadays, a few quid and points on your licence, and that's if they actually catch you. We need to take action against all forms of dangerous driving, including using a phone and texting as well as speeding. For all those offences it should be a minimum one year ban for a first offence and five years ban for a second. Three of these type of offences and you're banned. For life. alroutemaster
  • Score: 6

1:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision.

Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.
Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision. Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet. jswan1
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

correction phased=fazed
correction phased=fazed jswan1
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

PurpleKnight2014 says...

jswan1 wrote:
Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision.

Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.
Seriously, I've looked at the guardian for two years now and most of the time all I see is comments from you moaning and slagging everybody off. Life is unfair... Get used to it and get a life you pathetic old ****. You saying these chavs need to be got rid off, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are so perfect, because nobody is.
[quote][p][bold]jswan1[/bold] wrote: Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision. Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.[/p][/quote]Seriously, I've looked at the guardian for two years now and most of the time all I see is comments from you moaning and slagging everybody off. Life is unfair... Get used to it and get a life you pathetic old ****. You saying these chavs need to be got rid off, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are so perfect, because nobody is. PurpleKnight2014
  • Score: -9

10:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

merc13 says...

1500 signatures for Surrey county council to take it seriously. ....
A beautiful young woman and her beautiful son lost their lives how serious can it get...this is absolutely outrageous.
My heart hurts for the family and friends of nikki and kai ...godbless u both xx
1500 signatures for Surrey county council to take it seriously. .... A beautiful young woman and her beautiful son lost their lives how serious can it get...this is absolutely outrageous. My heart hurts for the family and friends of nikki and kai ...godbless u both xx merc13
  • Score: 11

9:03am Wed 23 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

PurpleKnight2014 wrote:
jswan1 wrote:
Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision.

Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.
Seriously, I've looked at the guardian for two years now and most of the time all I see is comments from you moaning and slagging everybody off. Life is unfair... Get used to it and get a life you pathetic old ****. You saying these chavs need to be got rid off, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are so perfect, because nobody is.
No, nobody is perfect, but if a lowlife chav scumbag is speeding on a bend on the wrong side of the road whilst racing another chav lowlife on a motorbike, that is simply not acceptable. A person does not need to be perfect to realise that. Such scum needs to be driven out of our society.

I am somebody who will help an old woman across the road, who will be first to give up a seat for a pregnant woman or anybody less capable of standing. I abide by the rules, I pay my taxes, I donate to various charitable causes and regularly take clothes and no longer needed household items to my local charity shop. I look out for the good and safety of others in my neighbourhood. I see parenthood as a privilege and a responsibility. My greatest ambition in life is to bring up my children to be good people.

I am not perfect, no. But I have a zero tolerance attitude to scumbags and lawbreakers. Since a child in school I have always stuck up for what I believe in and will always continue to do so.
[quote][p][bold]PurpleKnight2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jswan1[/bold] wrote: Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision. Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.[/p][/quote]Seriously, I've looked at the guardian for two years now and most of the time all I see is comments from you moaning and slagging everybody off. Life is unfair... Get used to it and get a life you pathetic old ****. You saying these chavs need to be got rid off, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are so perfect, because nobody is.[/p][/quote]No, nobody is perfect, but if a lowlife chav scumbag is speeding on a bend on the wrong side of the road whilst racing another chav lowlife on a motorbike, that is simply not acceptable. A person does not need to be perfect to realise that. Such scum needs to be driven out of our society. I am somebody who will help an old woman across the road, who will be first to give up a seat for a pregnant woman or anybody less capable of standing. I abide by the rules, I pay my taxes, I donate to various charitable causes and regularly take clothes and no longer needed household items to my local charity shop. I look out for the good and safety of others in my neighbourhood. I see parenthood as a privilege and a responsibility. My greatest ambition in life is to bring up my children to be good people. I am not perfect, no. But I have a zero tolerance attitude to scumbags and lawbreakers. Since a child in school I have always stuck up for what I believe in and will always continue to do so. jswan1
  • Score: 7

12:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PurpleKnight2014 says...

jswan1 wrote:
PurpleKnight2014 wrote:
jswan1 wrote:
Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision.

Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.
Seriously, I've looked at the guardian for two years now and most of the time all I see is comments from you moaning and slagging everybody off. Life is unfair... Get used to it and get a life you pathetic old ****. You saying these chavs need to be got rid off, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are so perfect, because nobody is.
No, nobody is perfect, but if a lowlife chav scumbag is speeding on a bend on the wrong side of the road whilst racing another chav lowlife on a motorbike, that is simply not acceptable. A person does not need to be perfect to realise that. Such scum needs to be driven out of our society.

I am somebody who will help an old woman across the road, who will be first to give up a seat for a pregnant woman or anybody less capable of standing. I abide by the rules, I pay my taxes, I donate to various charitable causes and regularly take clothes and no longer needed household items to my local charity shop. I look out for the good and safety of others in my neighbourhood. I see parenthood as a privilege and a responsibility. My greatest ambition in life is to bring up my children to be good people.

I am not perfect, no. But I have a zero tolerance attitude to scumbags and lawbreakers. Since a child in school I have always stuck up for what I believe in and will always continue to do so.
I take back my last comment, you my friend, are legendary :) please accept my apologies :)
[quote][p][bold]jswan1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PurpleKnight2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jswan1[/bold] wrote: Last week I was walking to the shops and a complete and utter skinhead chav came speeding around a corner whilst overtaking another car. Similar to what seems to have caused this accident - another car was on the opposite side of the road and only for them doing an emergency stop I would have witnessed a head on collision. Needless to say, the chav in the Honda Civic Type R was not phased in the slightest by this and continued his full acceleration down the road, and get this, another of his chav friends was following closely behind on a motorbike - they were racing each other. It's chav scumbags like this that need to be wiped off the face of our planet.[/p][/quote]Seriously, I've looked at the guardian for two years now and most of the time all I see is comments from you moaning and slagging everybody off. Life is unfair... Get used to it and get a life you pathetic old ****. You saying these chavs need to be got rid off, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are so perfect, because nobody is.[/p][/quote]No, nobody is perfect, but if a lowlife chav scumbag is speeding on a bend on the wrong side of the road whilst racing another chav lowlife on a motorbike, that is simply not acceptable. A person does not need to be perfect to realise that. Such scum needs to be driven out of our society. I am somebody who will help an old woman across the road, who will be first to give up a seat for a pregnant woman or anybody less capable of standing. I abide by the rules, I pay my taxes, I donate to various charitable causes and regularly take clothes and no longer needed household items to my local charity shop. I look out for the good and safety of others in my neighbourhood. I see parenthood as a privilege and a responsibility. My greatest ambition in life is to bring up my children to be good people. I am not perfect, no. But I have a zero tolerance attitude to scumbags and lawbreakers. Since a child in school I have always stuck up for what I believe in and will always continue to do so.[/p][/quote]I take back my last comment, you my friend, are legendary :) please accept my apologies :) PurpleKnight2014
  • Score: -5

6:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

ratta-tutta-ya says...

PurpleKnight2014 & jswan1

I don't think the time is right to hear you both bickering about each others comment. The road issue should be put to one side for the moment, because there is a funeral taking place this week, regarding 2 young people losing their lives.
PurpleKnight2014 & jswan1 I don't think the time is right to hear you both bickering about each others comment. The road issue should be put to one side for the moment, because there is a funeral taking place this week, regarding 2 young people losing their lives. ratta-tutta-ya
  • Score: 2

9:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PurpleKnight2014 says...

ratta-tutta-ya wrote:
PurpleKnight2014 & jswan1

I don't think the time is right to hear you both bickering about each others comment. The road issue should be put to one side for the moment, because there is a funeral taking place this week, regarding 2 young people losing their lives.
i clearly said to jswan that all i ever really see is moaning in his/her comments. i couldnt care less about the comments apart from jswans unnecessary comment about thugs in a car and on a motorbike. the comment had nothing to do with the news article what so ever, the article is about putting speed camera's up on that road where the two people sadly lost they're life's, leading onto talk about they're funeral happening this week. the article is NOT about two morons in a car and on a motorbike speeding around. it is not relevant to the story what so ever so i dont know why it needs to be put in the comments.
[quote][p][bold]ratta-tutta-ya[/bold] wrote: PurpleKnight2014 & jswan1 I don't think the time is right to hear you both bickering about each others comment. The road issue should be put to one side for the moment, because there is a funeral taking place this week, regarding 2 young people losing their lives.[/p][/quote]i clearly said to jswan that all i ever really see is moaning in his/her comments. i couldnt care less about the comments apart from jswans unnecessary comment about thugs in a car and on a motorbike. the comment had nothing to do with the news article what so ever, the article is about putting speed camera's up on that road where the two people sadly lost they're life's, leading onto talk about they're funeral happening this week. the article is NOT about two morons in a car and on a motorbike speeding around. it is not relevant to the story what so ever so i dont know why it needs to be put in the comments. PurpleKnight2014
  • Score: -4

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