Bexley Council and police investigating if Thamesmead roads were to blame in tragic road death

David Williams, six, died last week in Thamesmead

David Williams, six, died last week in Thamesmead

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Bexley Council and the police are investigating an area in Thamesmead where a six-year-old boy was killed and a girl was injured within a mile of each other last week.

David Williams died after being knocked over by a van at the junction of Kale Road and St John Fisher Road on July 24 after walking down the road with his family.

Just five hours earlier a teenage girl was rushed to King’s College Hospital with serious injuries, believed to be a broken leg, after being hit by a van less than a mile away in Yarnton Way.

A Bexley Council spokeswoman said they are exploring whether the road layout could be to blame in either of the incidents. 

"It is extremely sad to hear of any collision resulting in a fatality in any location across the borough and our thoughts are with the family of this young boy and the family of the young girl who was hurt on the same day.

"We appreciate the heightened concerns raised as a result of both incidents.

"We are working with the police to establish whether the road layout was a contributory factor in either collision. Once we have all the details and information, we will be able to assess whether any safety improvements are needed.

"Looking at the collision data we have available, there has only been two other collisions in this immediate area within the last three years, both occurred in 2011.

"One took place near the junction with Yarnton Way as a driver reversed into another vehicle, and the other in St John Fisher Road as a result of a driver overtaking."

David, a pupil at Bexley Business Academy, was knocked down by a van at the junction of Kale Road and St John Fisher Road on July 24 after walking down the road with his family.

His father, Daniel Williams, aged 46, from Archway told News Shopper that his son was a "happy, smiley" boy who was loved by everyone he met.

 

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3:58pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Joelo says...

tragic yes, however accidents happen and can not always be avoided. John fisher road and Kale Road are no through roads that are not very long. its unusual to see cars speeding here. Really cant see how the road layout has played any part in this tragedy.
tragic yes, however accidents happen and can not always be avoided. John fisher road and Kale Road are no through roads that are not very long. its unusual to see cars speeding here. Really cant see how the road layout has played any part in this tragedy. Joelo
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Fri 1 Aug 14

mouthalmighty says...

As with anything joelo, there are always exceptions to the rule.

RIP little one and condolences to the family.
As with anything joelo, there are always exceptions to the rule. RIP little one and condolences to the family. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 7

9:35am Sat 2 Aug 14

RichieTay says...

safer crossings need to be put from the bottom to the top of Yarnton way even in the small roads.
safer crossings need to be put from the bottom to the top of Yarnton way even in the small roads. RichieTay
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Sat 2 Aug 14

HearTheFacts says...

What would be interesting, if a video was done with at Bexley Business Academy. With students just charging across Yarnton Way. Taking no notice of the school crossing staff. Parking by parents, many in dangerous places. Even with parents with children, no regard for checking the road is clear. It's not until the two recent incidents, then Bexley Council and the police. Start taking notice, one should look at Bexleyheath. To understand Bexley Council wisdom, no one has right of way. Yes a free for all!.
What would be interesting, if a video was done with at Bexley Business Academy. With students just charging across Yarnton Way. Taking no notice of the school crossing staff. Parking by parents, many in dangerous places. Even with parents with children, no regard for checking the road is clear. It's not until the two recent incidents, then Bexley Council and the police. Start taking notice, one should look at Bexleyheath. To understand Bexley Council wisdom, no one has right of way. Yes a free for all!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 16

10:10am Sun 3 Aug 14

Angelapembroke says...

Such a tragedy, such a beautiful little boy, deepest condolence to the whole family, fly little prince xxx
Such a tragedy, such a beautiful little boy, deepest condolence to the whole family, fly little prince xxx Angelapembroke
  • Score: 4

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